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CAE Testing Questions

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Alright everyone, I'm wanting to start testing my goats for common illnesses but have a few questions. I've owned a lot of goats over the past few years and they all have been unregistered and untested. Currently I have 4 does and I'm wanting to purchase more goats that are registered. But before I do, I want to make sure the goats I own right now won't infect the goats I buy in the future.

If the goats I've had in the past had CAE, CL, etc, but the goats I own currently do not, would the diseases from the past goats still be on my property?

If my current goats' tests come back negative, would it be safe to buy new goats?

Also, I had rented a buck last year who was negative for CAE, CL, Johnes, (the herd he came from was negative as well). Before breeding my doe, the buck was rented out to breed another goat, and I'm not sure if that doe was tested. If the other doe (not mine) was positive for some illness, could the buck have passed on the disease to my goat? And if the disease was passed on to my goat, how many months would it take for the disease to be revealed on a blood test?

Hopefully you all understand what I'm saying馃槄. It's difficult to explain my goat past lol!
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If your current goats are negative you should be good to go unless previous goats had CL cysts that burst on your property..then there could be some risk.
Breeder buck should have been ok with your girls.
Be sure to test when goats are healthy, happy and relaxed. No vaccines a week or so before testing. These can effect results. Know that johnes disease should be tested with blood and fecal if you test for that. And even then results can be fickle. Age of the goat also counts. . 6+ months for CL, CAE and most others except Johnes which should be 2 years old I believe (do check and make sure)

Best wishes
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If your current goats are negative you should be good to go unless previous goats had CL cysts that burst on your property..then there could be some risk.
Breeder buck should have been ok with your girls.
Be sure to test when goats are healthy, happy and relaxed. No vaccines a week or so before testing. These can effect results. Know that johnes disease should be tested with blood and fecal if you test for that. And even then results can be fickle. Age of the goat also counts. . 6+ months for CL, CAE and most others except Johnes which should be 2 years old I believe (do check and make sure)

Best wishes
Thank you for your thorough response!
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