Simon and Nellie. Simon is a grade nubian wether with very poor confirmation. Nellie is a reg. nubian doe with very good confirmation. What do these two goats have in common? Both tested positive for CAE. As many of you may know we recently tested our 8 goats, it never crossed my mind that one of our goats could have it. But two have it. Both goats are very special to me in different ways. Simon, who I have had since September 2006, is like the brother I never had. We saved him from a sale barn when he was two weaks old. He came from ''bad'' owners and was in very poor shape. Now he is in great shape and is adorable. He loves me so much. I had plans on having him till he was 30 or 40. Now those plans may be shattered. Nellie is the start and star of our Nubian herd. I have had her since January 06, 2007. With her Hoanbu and Kismet bloodlines, I had plans on showing her in any show possible. She is almost 3. [In case you haven't noticed, both goats came from sale barns.] But why me? I am the one who went to an ''only cares about her herd'' goat barn super at fair and told her that I was woried because it looked like another goat had foot rot [turns out it was a broken leg, which is still bad]. I am the one who cleans her barn every day. I am the one who has tons of plans for her herd, from what feeder I need, to what buck I will buy. I am the one who spends her school time on the goat spot to learn everything I can about Caprines. I am the one has every goat book in the world and will read Hoegger catalogs for days. And at times, I am the one who loves her goats more than people. Yet it isn't always as perfect as it seems. I am the one with a nice alpine who has never kidded yet has a ''mastitic'' udder the size of a good milker. Her show career is probably ruined. With a vets ok, we recently had her bred. It may cure her mastitis, or it could kill her. ''Do or Die'' with Hannah. I am the one who's doe Nellie aborted over a month before she was due. The kid ripped in pieces and and came out backwards. We had to have a friend help. It was our first kidding experiance. It could have killed her and she was very upset. [Yet if she would have went full term and delivered a live kid, we wouldn't have known she had CAE and she would have passed it to her kid, sometimes God does things for a reason.] I am the one whose two new goats ran away last March and we haven't seen them since. One was days old. We only had them home for about 10 minutes when they broke out. And now, I am the one with 1/4 her herd infected with CAE. Enough gibbering, what should I do? Nellie is bred and due in March. The vet said she should be seperated during lactation. 10 months by herself, I don't think so. As long as I throw away his needles, Simon can stay with the herd, the vet said. Simon is very special to me, is there anything I can do for him? I read about CAE and it says 90% of the goats who have it live there full life with out showing any signs. That makes me feel a little better about Simon. I once saw a goat at a friends with very acute CAE, it was awful. I don't want that to happen to either of them, espeically Simon. It is like finding out your brother has incurable cancer for me. What should I do?