Hi all! I have a question. I just bought a two year old ff french alpine a couple days ago. A beautiful doe, wide and long with pretty color. BUT now that I have her I am seeing some things I don't like. I want to test her for CAE. I would like to keep a negative herd and if she is positive I will have to convince my dad to let me sell her. How do I do this (dad can pull the blood) what do I put it in, where do I get it, and who do I send it to and how much do I pay? If it will save money I might to several in the herd. On the CAE issue.... this doe's knees are not swollen, but when she is standing still they bend a little. I have never had that problem in a goat and am not thrilled with this... Also her udder, when full, is a bit on the lumpy side. Soft, but lumpy at the rear arch. AND, her tail appears swollen. I haven't heard of that being a symptom, but want to know what this is? It's not red or inflamed or anything, but its a *tiny* bit puffy and soft and she has no 'dip' or 'fold' in her tail right above the anus. (do you know what I mean? it can get really dirty in that part...) I'm wondering if this is just an idividual charateristic or if it's something else. I've never seen a goat like that. I can take pics if that will help. Also, I need opinions on wether or not to breed her to my buck. Is CAE transmissable through breeding? I don't want hearsay here, I'd prefer facts. For instance, have any of you ever bred a positive doe to a negative buck and he came up positive? I am pasturizing her milk and mixing it with the raw for my kids' milk until I get her results. ( I really need her milk, that was apart of why we bought her.) I am calling the previous owner today and asking her if she has tested this doe. I'm trying not to freak out here but this is the first time I've dealt with the possibility of a nice doe having CAE. My first goat probably had it, and she left pretty quick. (sale barn goat... will never do that again.) Thanks in advance for any information. I really appreciate it!