Health

A Tail to Tell
March 5, 2020 · · Health

One of my favorite sights on the farm is when I greet our herd every morning at breakfast, and their tails wag! But sometimes their tails can tell us an entirely different story, and it’s one that you really want to pay attention to.

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Fecal Float Tests – How and Why
March 5, 2020 · · Health

What is the biggest health management challenge facing goat owners? Is it hoof care? Digestion issues? Mastitis? Nope — it’s parasites.

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Selenium Deficiency and White Muscle Disease in Goats
March 5, 2020 · · Health

With kidding season around the corner, it’s time to talk about selenium deficiency. Selenium deficiency in goats can cause white muscle disease in goats, also known as nutritional muscular dystrophy.

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Urinary Calculi in Goats – EMERGENCY!
March 5, 2020 · · Health

Urinary calculi in goats and sheep is a common and mostly preventable livestock health issue. While it is slightly different in each species, it has many similar causes, symptoms, and prevention.

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Understanding the Goat Digestive System Avoids Tragedies
March 5, 2020 · · Health

Throw out that old wive’s tale that goats can eat anything. Most health problems start within the goat digestive system. Ruminate on that!

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Normal Goat Temperature and Goats Who Don’t Follow the Rules

Normal goat temperatures should range from about 101.5 to 103.5 degrees F. If my caprines temp below or above, I start investigating for an issue in progress.

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Roy’s Victory over Sore Mouth in Goats
March 5, 2020 · · Health

Follow Roy, a nine-year-old Nigerian Dwarf buck show goat, in his journey from exposure to recovery through sore mouth in goats

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She’s Got That Shine! Maintaining Healthy Goat Coats
March 5, 2020 · · Health

One of the commonly asked questions I hear from non-goat owners is “What do goats feel like?” A better question would be, “What are they supposed to feel like?”

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Managing CAE and CL in Goats
March 5, 2020 · · Health

CAE and CL in goats just might be on the top of the list of dreaded goat diseases. But if you’re new to goats or you’ve never heard of them, here is some useful information.

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Identifying and Treating Goat Pink Eye
March 4, 2020 · · Health

Goat pink eye, formerly called infectious keratoconjunctivitis, refers to inflammation of both the cornea and conjunctiva. Caused by several different bacteria, goat pink eye usually leaves no long-term damage.

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