Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE)

CAE Results Jan. 2012

We are pleased to share with you our results of the whole herd CAE testing for 2012.  This is our 7th year of NEGATIVE!  It is always nice to have this confirmation right before kidding begins.  We test this time of year, every year.

CAE is a disease of goats that can be very debilitating on several fronts.  The most commonly seen effects are arthritis and hard udder.  Click the links below for a full explanation of this preventable, but transmissible, disease.  We fully recognize that not all positive goats exhibit symptoms.  It is however, a disease you do not want in your herd.  When purchasing animals, demand testing!!!
http://www.vet.uga.edu/VPP/clerk/logan/index.php
http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts_waddl/caefaq.aspx

Our first goats had this virus.  It was not disclosed.  It was not until we had let our kids nurse that we found out.  This was heartbreaking and devastating news.  It took us a couple of years to break the cycle for prevention and eradication in our herd.  Many tears were shed.  Many dollars were spent.  Many sleepless nights were spent in the barn.  My next post will be to describe our method of prevention & eradication.

Tara-Still Miss Her

Tara’s Udder at age 5 or 6

Foxey-Beatufiul & Milky

Here are two of the original does we had to cull.  I do have their genetics in my offspring however.

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