Raising Healthy Goats

raising healthy goatsRaising healthy goats is becoming a concern for not only goat farms but new goat owners as well. Many people are showing an interest in goats as well as chickens and bees. Websites like Little House in the Suburbs are becoming popular as people are returning to living naturally and being self-sufficient.  Goats are being raised for milk and meat as people are also looking for organic ways to feed their families.

Cute Baby Goats

Most people will agree baby goats are adorable. Many petting zoos allow you to feed the baby goats milk and they can charm any age audience. What people need to realize is that a lot of care goes into raising healthy goats.

Having Good Pasture

When it comes to raising healthy goats, you need to do a lot of research before you buy a goat. They require care as far as how they are fed, what pasture they have and protection from many parasites in goats that are common. Having good pasture is important. Also being able to care for the kids is important too. If you have many goats, it is important that you can rotate their grazing area when you need to so that you can prevent bacteria from taking over your herd. Anytime there is a sign of disease, the goat should be removed from the other goats until you can determine the cause.  Many goat diseases are contagious. This too, requires room for quarantine pasture.

Symptoms of Disease in Goats

If you notice your goat or goats not eating like normal, you can assume there is something wrong. You may also notice teeth grinding, swollen abdomen, diarrhea, weight loss, scruffy coat, anemia and soars or lesions. These are all signs of a possible problem in your goat. When you raise goats or any animal, it is important to take note of their normal behavior and how they should look so that you are aware when there is a problem. Goats like many animals don’t always show signs of disease until it is too late. A goat should also have a temperature between 102 degrees and 103 degrees. If the temperature is off, you need to consult with your veterinarian to determine why and what you can do.

Raising Healthy Goats

When it comes to raising healthy goats, there are many things you can do to prevent disease and keep your herd healthy. You will want to provide routine worming and vaccinations may be necessary. Your veterinarian can help you set up routine care that will prevent many of the diseases in your area. Because many bacteria, viruses and parasites affect goats; it is imperative that you learn as much as you can about goat health and how to prevent disease. If you have any questions about your goats and how to care for them, contact your veterinarian at Locust Trace Veterinary Clinic.