Should I retest for CAE in my buck?

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by Fairytaleranch, Mar 29, 2010.

  1. Fairytaleranch

    Fairytaleranch New Member

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    Mar 26, 2010
    I tested all of my goats for CAE and got the results the other day. The main reason why I tested is because I was worried about our little nigi buckling (8 months old) since december he has been looking very stiff in the hind quarters, with it very slowly getting more obvious. His little bouts seem to be caused by increased stress or excitement, the other day when I was bringing hay he took afew steps and then all of a sudden flopped on the ground with his legs straight out. It looks just like a fainter goat when he does this. Most of the time its not as extreme as that.

    Anyway, the results for him were 15% inhibition, he is also housed with another buck that he has been around since Nov. that is 2% inhibition. If he had CAE wouldn't his buck buddy be more than 2%? I don't know what to think because I'm pretty new to goats and I'm not sure what the time frame would be for the cae test to show a higher inhibition %. :? The tests were done by biotracking.
     
  2. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    what breed of goat is this buckling? it really sounds like he has the myotonic gene.

    CAE isnt passed from goat to goat except through the colostrum from mom to kid or blood to blood contact.
     

  3. Fairytaleranch

    Fairytaleranch New Member

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    Mar 26, 2010
    Thankyou for the reply! He is a reg. Nigerian. That is very relieving, I thought I saw somewhere that it could be transmitted by sneezing on another goat, but I was too worried about housing them alone because of stress issues.

    About the gene, is it like a recessive in goats or something?
    Thanks again!
     
  4. SDK

    SDK New Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Yucaipa ca
    i agree with stacey, sounds like myotonia... which if it is you don't want to breed it into the nigerians
     
  5. kelebek

    kelebek New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    South Texas
    second what SDK said... I would not breed him either if he is showing mytonia.
     
  6. Fairytaleranch

    Fairytaleranch New Member

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    Mar 26, 2010
    Thankyou for all the replies! I really appreciate it, can he still be wethered at 8mo?
     
  7. myfainters

    myfainters New Member

    Oct 29, 2009
    Lancaster, CA
    Sounds like myotonia.... he can be wethered at 8 months of age. Another thought might be deer worm though.... does he seem to lose the ability to hold his back legs up (like weakness).... or do they stiffen and then he tips over?
     
  8. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    myfainters has a good point
    also I have heard of a selenium deficiency that can cause this kind of stiffening
     
  9. Fairytaleranch

    Fairytaleranch New Member

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    Mar 26, 2010
    His back legs are not always weak, he walks around with a stiff gait when he gets his hay, when he is head butted or if I have to catch him (he's not very friendly)Sometimes when I need to catch him it seems like his legs just give out--they seem to go stiff. But most the time he can run around without any complications. If it were worms or selenium would it be selective like that?

    Is the gene like a fluke thing with nigerians? Or is it something that is quite common? Would his sibling have it also? He is from really good lines, so now I'm a bit apprehensive about getting more into nigerians.. :shrug:
     
  10. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    no the gene isnt common in ND