Katherine’s Caprine Corner September/October 2019

Katherine’s Caprine Corner September/October 2019
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 4 minutes Katherine Drovdahl MH CA CR CEIT DipHIr QTP answers your questions about swollen teats on bucks, the right age for breeding, and urinary calculi.  Q. My buck has a swollen teat. What is it?  A. Several things come to mind, and they are the same reasons that does can get a swollen teat. If both teats are swollen but not red or shiny, there probably are a lot of high-milk-producing goats in his pedigree. I nearly always have one buck on the farm that we call a “milk buck.” Yes, he’s producing milk. However, we don’t milk them. We don’t want to open the orifice which increases the likelihood of bacteria getting into the teat which would cause mastitis. Neither am I fond of goat rodeos! If a teat (or teats) are red and shiny, it could be mastitis. In those situations, my hubby and I have to do a

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