The Cool "Kid" Division
Herd Health Services
Mill Creek Vets have several goat experts within our group that are able to provide you with the herd health services that you need. Tailoring a vaccine protocol to your herd is routine, but not as routine as designing a parasite management plan and deworming product rotation. Being able to monitor your program through fecal floats is key to the success of your herd. We can’t forget about the kids though. Mill Creek Vets can also provide your surgical needs of tail docking, castrating, and disbudding.
Mastitis pathogens and Mycoplasma species, in particular, can be detrimental in your goat herd. Quick isolation can prevent contagious bacteria from ruining your herd. Please see the Lab Services and Submission form tab for more information.
CAE/OPP Testing / Prevention
Caprine arthritis-encephalitis (CAE) is a group of diseases that cause encephalitis in kids and arthritis in adult goats. Other diseases caused by CAEV include mastitis or “hard bag,” pneumonia, and wasting. Ovine progressive pneumonia virus (OPPV), a close relative of CAEV, causes similar diseases in sheep. Sheep most commonly develop wasting and chronic pneumonia, but encephalitis and mastitis also occur. Arthritis is less common in this species than in goats. Experimentally, OPPV infects kids causing arthritis and pneumonia, and CAEV infects and causes pneumonia in lambs. Animals once infected, are permanently infected.
Currently, there is no cure or vaccine for CAE or OPP. Preventing infection should be undertaken on a herd/flock basis. If a herd/flock is negative for CAEV/OPPV, any new purchases should be tested prior to their introduction. This method is not foolproof as infected animals may take several months to seroconvert, and some infected animals may test negative.
We provide testing for CAE. When collecting the blood sample, the minimum of 5cc of blood should be collected in red-topped blood collection tubes. Blood and serum should be refrigerated but not frozen, packed well to prevent breakage, and sent to us by overnight mail service.
If, for some reason, it is desirable to retain the offspring of positive dams, please contact us to discuss management options. Plan ahead if animals need to be tested prior to sale, show, or export. Please call us in advance if a large number of samples need to be tested. Please see the Lab Services and Submission form tab for more information.
Identifying non-pregnant does is a critical part of streamlining the herd reproductive program. Once a doe has been identified as non- pregnant, they can be rebred or managed accordingly. The sooner you know a doe is not pregnant, the more options from which you have to choose. Goat producers that live in locations not conveniently served by a veterinarian have found tremendous value in blood or milk pregnancy testing by allowing them to have pregnancy checks done at regular intervals. For goat owners in our area, ultrasound services are available for diagnosis. Please see the Lab Services and Submission form tab for more information.
Reproduction Management & Synchronization Protocols
Having a plan always reduces the unpredictability of having livestock. Let us help you with creating your plan. May it be pre-breeding or after pregnancy diagnosis, we can help you create your management protocol for your herd.
Herd Health & Individual Animal Care
If you are located within Tulare county and are in need of a veterinarian, please feel free to contact us.