TLC for goats

NZ Life & Leisure - - Country Life -

The Good­mans’ freerange flock is a mix of white or cream saa­nen goats and brown an­glo nu­bians, which have long, floppy ears and pro­duce milk with a slightly higher fat con­tent.

Goats can fall ill quickly so they’re checked daily.

They are very sus­cep­ti­ble to the cold so should al­ways have some­where cosy to re­treat to.

CAE is a type of virus that causes arthri­tis in goats while Johne’s dis­ease is a fa­tal gas­troin­testi­nal con­di­tion that can be hard to spot. Rep­utable breed­ers test for this dis­ease reg­u­larly.

The baby goats are de­horned so they don’t get wedged into fences and the like.

The Good­mans like to give their goats “play things” in the pad­dock, par­tic­u­larly struc­tures they can climb onto (with­out be­ing able to jump the fence).

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