Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE) 

 

CAE is another "hush, hush" disease among Boer breeders!

We began CAE testing in February 2013, when customers from Ohio requested it prior to picking up goats they purchased from us. All 6 goats tested Negative. I did not realize the disease was quickly spreading through some "big name" herds that were using non tested Dairy cross does as recips in their flush programs. I am not writing this to bash flush programs, Dairy Goats, or those that responsibly test their recips prior to using them. I just feel that folks new to the Boer Industry need to be aware of the potential transmission modes of the disease.

Early in 2013, we made the unfortunate mistake of purchasing goat milk from a local Amish dairy to save a 2 week old doeling that broke her leg and refused powdered milk replacer.  A good friend of mine questioned me about the milk.........which we assumed was safe.  We tested her when she was old enough and she was positive.  It was heartbreaking to cull her from our herd and suffer a loss of over $1,000.00 from the vet bills to set and fix her leg.  She was & still is asymptomatic, as many CAE carriers are.  She is living her life as a pampered pet on a horse farm, with no chance of breeding. 

After realizing the threat of CAE in Boer herds was substantial, we went on to test our entire herd....approximately 75 at the time. Every goat was NEGATIVE. We are confident in having a clean & tested foundation herd and will continue to test every new goat we add to the herd.  The CAE blood test is very easy to do, inexpensive and best of all..........very accurate. 

We use the following facility for both pregnancy & CAE testing:

Precision Diagnostics, LLC

Submission Sheet pdf

 

The article below was written by me, Sherrie Losch, and then proof read and corrected by Sara Beth Routh @ the NC Cooperative Extension.  

 

 

 Caseous Lymphadenitis (CL)

 

Producers do not like to talk about this common goat disease.  If you raise goats long enough, you will eventually have to deal with CL.  In my opinion, any goat disease that can be prevented by a simple vaccination is a much better alternative than treating or culling infected goats.

We are extremely cautious when purchasing new goats.  I ask a lot of questions and prefer to purchase from producers that have a vaccination program, or at the very least a CL management program already in place.  If a producer tells me he/she never has had any lumps..........it throws a red flag.  Goats get lumps from bacterial infections, injury,  etc.....not necessarily CL lumps.  Either they have not been raising goats for a very long period of time or they are simply not being truthful.  

We do not blood test, nor do we recommend the blood test for CL.  It is highly inaccurate at best.  I have known many producers who have blood tested goats, getting NEGATIVE results, only to have them pop a CL positive lump shortly thereafter.  Adversely, I have had 2 different producers purchase mature does that I had vaccinated multiple times for CL.  They blood tested them & the test came back negative.  The test did not pick up the presence of antibodies from the vaccine as it should have.  Long story short.............the blood test is not an accurate means to screen a goat for the presence or absence of CL.

We VACCINATE.  It is NO sales gimmick. We have been vaccinating our entire herd for CL, including any goats purchased and added to our herd, since July of 2007.   Additionally, we have a vet collect a sample from any lump that shows up on our goats and send it away for biopsy and identification.  This has been done on a regular basis, since June of 2011.  Yes........goats get lumps, that does not mean they are CL lumps.  The ONLY way to tell for sure is to biopsy them.  All biopsies done on our own stock from that time frame forward have tested NEGATIVE for CL.  

The article below was written by Sara Beth Routh @ the NC Cooperative Extension.  It is informative and worthwhile reading!