Our Goat Health
The number one reason for poor health in a goat is parasites. That being said............we have an ever increasing focus on parasite control.
Our deworming is based on FEMACHA. FEMACHA is a parasite control system that utilizes the color of goat eyelids to determine the need for deworming. The Barber Pole worm sucks blood from the goat & causes anemia.............which causes pale coloration in the eyelids. It is an effective & easy method to determine who needs dewormed. Only deworming those that have poor FEMACHA scores allows Refugia to thrive. Refugia are best described in an article by Jack Mauldin. Please visit the link & read his article..........it's worth the time!
Prevention is definitely the best cure! We vaccinate all kids for CD&T & Pneumonia. The vaccines are then repeated 4 weeks later. Between the ages of 2 - 3 months, the kids are vaccinated for CL. It is also repeated 4 weeks later. The entire herd is on a yearly CD&T vaccine schedule, as well as CL vaccination.
Every effort is made to provide an environment that limits the exposure to mud & wet conditions, in which hoof problems thrive. We have hauled road based stones in to provide dry areas when the goats are outside in wet conditions. We also hauled in larger rocks for them to climb on & rest out of the mud.
Hoof trimming is done as needed, based on conditions the goats are exposed to. Wet weather dictates more frequent trimmings. Goats that have low maintenance hooves are preferred over those that require frequent attention. When hooves are sore, they don't stand, move & eat properly............leading to weight loss & poor health. We cull goats that are "high maintenance in the hoof department".