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Where do I start? I am brand new to goats as of February this year and my oldest will be 6 months on August 3rd. So I figure I need to get all of the knowledge I can on where to get this testing done. I can draw my own blood, as I am a Vet Tech student currently and have many professors who will help me out with proper technique and location on a goat, but since the program isn't a large animal/livestock program, we don't do much more than one semester with large animals and livestock and these diseases aren't covered much as far as testing goes. I was wondering where I would be able to send samples to for the testing and what age I should do this?

I know 3 of my 5 came from a CAE/CL free herd and were pulled off of their dams and put on pasteurized milk. My LaManchas, were more or less a rescue because the guy just had no clue what to do for them.

Please help me out here as I would love to test and manage a clean herd from the very beginning. Thank you!
 

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yes..you can draw your own blood..I pulled all mine for CAE testing and sent to Biotracking...but I do not think they do CL tests..not sure about johnes..:) but waddl does them all...
Its not recommended to test before 6 months old..
 

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Where do I start? I can draw my own blood, as I am a Vet Tech student currently and have many professors who will help me out with proper technique and location on a goat, but since the program isn't a large animal/livestock program, we don't do much more than one semester with large animals and livestock and these diseases aren't covered much as far as testing goes. I was wondering where I would be able to send samples to for the testing and what age I should do this?
In addition to what has already been stated, talk to your professors. There might be a program in place that would reduce your testing costs. If not, they might be able to point you in the direction of another lab that tests but will give you a waiver because you're a student. You will never know if you don't try. Talk to your local vets. I got mine tested at the state lab and it cost me 4.50/goat. Talk to them and see what they recommend. It can't hurt and it just might save you a bunch of trouble and money.
 

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Disease testing

Nubian mama, you also need to wait and be sure that the kids have gone 6 months since they drank milk. Testing inside that window can be inaccurate. I think it sounded like the other goats are adults? If so you can go ahead and test them, and they sounds like they might be relatively high risk.

If you find out right away that any of them were CAE positive, it may not be too late to separate them from the negatives as lateral transmission in adults is not as easy as dam to nursing baby.

The CL test is more accurate as an indicator for a large group, it is not as accurate on a single goat or smaller groups of goats. If you ever see an abscess, immediately quarantine that animal, and have your vet culture the contents. The CL culture is very accurate.

Good luck!
 

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you are absolutely correct in getting these goats tested. we use waddl because they test for everything. test those rescue goats right away then since you know the others came from a disease free herd you can relax a little unless the rescues come back positive. then you will need everything tested right away. and good luck
 

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I recently sent blood to WADDL for testing. It was really easy and fast. Forms are online and they test on Wednesdays. I called on a Friday for results since I was too impatient to wait for the mail ;)
 
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