May NewsletterGreetings from Hoegger Supply,
We are continuing our series of must-have information for goat owners, this month we address the need to test your goats (http://hoeggerfarmyard.com/
Volumes have been written about Caseous Lymphadenitis (CL), a chronic bacterial infection that results in both internal and external abscesses.
External abscesses are highly contagious and can infect other animals by both direct (goat to goat) and indirect (goat to surface to goat) contact. There is also some degree of danger to humans as this is a zoonotic disease.
This disease has two forms: the arthritis (visible) and the encephalitis (internal). They both wreak havoc on dairy herds across the world. It causes, among other problems, painful arthritic joints, mastitis and decreased milk production. Once a goat has this disease, there is no cure. The disease will be passed from mother to kid through the milk and colostrum, but can also be passed from goat to goat through blood or milk.
Johne’s Disease (pronounced Yo-knees), is also known as paratuberculosis and shows up as rapid weight loss and diarrhea. It is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium aviumss. paratuberculosis, often abbreviated to ‘MAP’. There is evidence linking it to Crohn’s Disease in humans.
Although this disease has not been found prevalent in the US, there are still concerns since this disease can be transmitted to humans.
There are 2 strains of TB that are tested for; bovine and avian. The veterinarian will inject a tiny bit of fluid into your goat, usually at the base of the tail. They will have to come back out to the farm and read the results of the testing within 3 days.
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