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Last Wednesday we had our 8 goats tested for CAE, since the vet was already coming out to geld our donkey[which was gross]. This is the first time we had it done, but we plan on doing it annually. The price wasn't too bad I guess, $6 per goat and one $5 lab fee. I really hope they all come back negative, I don't know what to do if they had it. :shock: Wish me luck! :p
 

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congrats!! I just did 8 of my goats in Septmeber and all were negative! WOO HOO!

Then my Joe Dirt was done prior to me getting him, and then my 2 wethers that I got, had been tested previously. So I am happy to say our's is a closed herd - negative!

It is a huge relief when they come back negative, but then again, you also worry anytime anyone wants to breed to your animals at the same time.

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Cool, yes I had my herd done this past October, Yup whole herd Neg, :cool:

That is a good price, mine were $15.00 each. This year I am going to do colostrum though so I can send that in my self. Then I will teach myself to draw blood for the Bucks. Alot cheaper for me to do it my self. I will save the $45.00 farm call plus $15.00 each.
 

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Yes, CAE is a nasty disease. In my opinion though CL is far worse and harder to control and harder on the animal. However Pasteurization is not the sure fire prevention of it. You also should pull the kids immediatially from the moms and not let them clean it. They can see the kid-just not lick it. I'm sure there are many ways a kid can get CAE if their dam has it-for example they can swallow the fluids-especially if the labor is a long and ruff one. I think it says most places to pasteurize the milk to 160-165 degrees, we heat it to 170. Of course this year we will have some cows milk to use so that'll be nice-dont have to pastuerize it. We are lucky to have a friend with veterianarian experience and who also raises goats. She comes up here to draw our goats blood for us. I've heard to that kids dont always come back saying they are postive-but if they are postive it should definately show up when they are a yearling. As for showing or allowing outside breedings-there is always the risk of our goats getting infected with something. Thankfully the worst thing we've ever had to fight when coming home from shows is ring worm. I think we finally got that all nipped in the rear.
 
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