Understanding the Goat Digestive System Avoids Tragedies

How many stomachs does a goat have? And why?

Understanding the Goat Digestive System Avoids Tragedies
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 4 minutes Throw out that old wive’s tale that goats can eat anything. Most health problems start within the goat digestive system. Ruminate on that! Aside from kidding complications or losses due to goat predators, many fatalities among new goat owners stem from a lack of understanding about goat anatomy. Specifically, the goat rumen and bacterial balance within. Learning how rumens work and how to help maintain that healthy balance can prevent terrifying problems such as goat bloat and enterotoxemia.  How many stomachs does a goat have? Four, just as cows do. Food first travels from the mouth into the rumen, then to the reticulum, omasum, and finally the abomasum before entering the intestines.  The Reticulo-Rumen  Both the reticulum and rumen combine to serve as the part of the goat digestive system where most microbial digestion occurs.   When a kid is born, the rumen, reticulum, and omasum are undeveloped to

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