Biosecurity and Goat Husbandry: What You Should Know About M. ovipneumoniae

National Forests Fight the Pack Goat Practice for Fear of Pneumonia in Goats

Biosecurity and Goat Husbandry: What You Should Know About M. ovipneumoniae
 By Karen Kopf – At Kopf Canyon Ranch, just outside of Moscow, Idaho, we raise Kiko goats for meat and breeding stock. Our goat husbandry practice is to run a clean, tested herd. Recently, pack goat enthusiasts have approached us for packing prospects: male goats that might show a packing disposition. This potential market opened us up to expansion to include a few dairy does for experimental pack goat breed crosses, a brand new world of adventure, excitement — and M.ovi.   What is M.ovi? M.ovi (pronounced “Movee”) is the slang term for a bacterium, Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae, that may be carried in the nasal passages of animals in the subfamily Caprinae. This subfamily consists of musk oxen as well as wild and domestic goats and sheep. Not all do, and some people say it is infrequently or even rarely found in the passages of domestic goats. Furthermore, most carrier goats show no symptoms of

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