Every farm has their own system that works best for them. Here are some of our policies that work well for our herd.
Our herd is testing annually for CAE through Biotracking. Additionally, all new arrivals are quarantined for 30 days, and tested for CL, Johne's and Brucellosis. Our herd has always been abcess free.
All goats are vaccinated annually for CD&T. Does are boostered 30 days before freshening, and kids are boostered at 8 and 12 weeks.
The herd has access to pasture during the day, and high quality orchard/alfalfa hay at all times. We proudly feed Kalmbach products to keep our does in peak condition. Redmond salt, conditioner, Thorvin Kelp, and Duraferm minerals are available free choice.
We deworm on an as-needed basis, as recommended by our veterinarian based on fecal analysis. We do use herbal dewormer, but we still monitor and utilize chemical dewormer as needed.
All animals are trimmed on a bi-monthly basis, or more often if needed.
Kids are bottle raised on pasteurized milk. *This may change for 2019.* Coccidia prevention is administered as needed based on fecal monitoring. Kids are offered Kalmbach kid starter twice daily and free choice hay and minerals.