We do preventive measures that will allow our animals to have optimum growth and health performance with the minimum amount of our labor and expense. Each breeder must determine what is the most important preventive measures for their situation. The type of preventive measures taken by breeders can vary widely according to the following:
Category of goat business they are pursuing.
Type of geography where animals are raised.
Type of weather.
Amount of grazing space available.
Amount of time breeder wants to put into working with animals.
Our Preventive Measures
Annual vaccine with Cavalry 9 CD/T. For immunizing against tetanus and overeating disease. We give 1 cc per animal. We give the pregnant Does that are within 3 weeks of kidding their vaccine so it is passed on to the kids prior to being born. The first time an animal is given the vaccine it must have a booster shot 21 days later. We vaccine newborn kids around 3 months old and booster shot 21 days later. (Understanding Vaccination Programs -Timing is Everything)
Annual vaccine with Triangle®10 - For immunizing against 10 different types of respiratory problems. We give 2 cc per animal under the skin. There must be a booster shot for the first time given. Kids must be at least 2 months old.
Drench newborn kids with Bar-Guard-99. Used for the prevention of colibacillosis caused by K99 strains of Escherichia coli. Our vet told us this can also help prevent Floppy Kid Syndrome. We drench newborn kids immediately after they have their first mother's milk. We give them 2 ccs.
Preventive De-worming for internal parasites. We de-worm as little as possible to try and have our animals build up resistance to internal parasites. We treat our does about 2 weeks before kidding if they are showing any signs of a worm problem..
Regular barn cleaning. We clean our barns about every month to give our animals as clean of environment as possible.
Treat animals with Pro-Bios when they are given antibiotics to ensure the rumen continues to work properly.
Preventive Measures we do not take
Vaccinate for Sore Mouth. We do not vaccinate for Sore Mouth. If you have not had Sore Mouth on your farm, vaccinating for it brings live bacteria on your site and will require annual vaccinations to protect animals. If you have had Sore Mouth on your farm, any animal getting it will become immune to it when they do get it. It only lasts for around 3 weeks. We will monitor for any serious infections.
Hoof Trimming. We only trim hooves on exception. We want to have animals that do not require regular trimming. If an animal does have hooves that get bad and may cause problems, we will trim them as required. We prefer that the hooves break off or chip during normal movement.