Disease Testing


Importance of Testing

Disease testing in dairy goats is extremely important to ensure health and safety of animals (and sometimes humans).  I am happy to provide proof of recent disease testing to any prospective buyer--screen shots can also be seen below. 

Tests Run

I test for CAE (Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis), CL (Caseous lymphadenitis) and Johne's Disease.  

  • CAE is a highly contagious, sometimes fatal virus in goats.  It cannot be cured or treated.  Goats infected with CAE can show no symptoms at first, but CAE can cause pneumonia, mastitis, and chronic wasting.  Not something you want in your herd!
  • CL is a bacterial infection in goats, primarily presenting as abscesses on the lymph nodes.  CL can spread to the lungs and cause pneumonia and chronic wasting.  Although it is less transmittable, it cannot be cured or treated.
  • Johne's Disease also occurs in cattle.  Some evidence suggests that it can be transmitted from goats to humans via milk.  Symptoms include rapid weight loss, decreased milk production, and death.  It cannot be cured or treated.

Frequency of Testing

I disease test for CAE approximately every 6 months; a few months after show season but before kidding (usually December), and then again during the middle of show season before Linear Appraisal.  I run CL and Johne's 1x a year.


CAE TESTING RUN NOVEMBER 2023: Below, all of my does are in the first screenshot (plus Deadpool) and the rest of the bucks are in the second screenshot.

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