Back from the Vet: Rumen Disorders in Goats

Back from the Vet: Rumen Disorders in Goats
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 5 minutes Goats, like sheep and cattle, are ruminants. That classification is based on their method of food digestion. All ruminants break down food through fermentation in a large vat-like organ called the rumen. The rumen is food’s first stop after being chewed and swallowed. It is populated with a large variety of microorganisms that assist in food digestion. These microorganisms are what allow ruminants to break down the complex starches of forages into usable energy for the animals. The health of the rumen, and its microbes, are essential for the health of the animal.  As the rumen is a fermentation vat, one of its byproducts is gas. When gas production is normal, and the animal is otherwise healthy, they are able to eructate, or burp-up, the gas. When the animal is experiencing certain health issues or there is abnormal gas production, then bloat of

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