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Lesson 4: Health

One of the keys to managing any livestock operation is the ability to identify sick animals very early. However, in order to find illnesses, you should first understand what is a normal animal.

Foot rot is manageable and preventable. Prevention is the most important key to your farm operation.

What are internal parasites? They are just “WORMS”! Goat producers across the United States are seeing both economic and production losses. Internal parasites are recognized as a prominent goat disease.

Scrapie is a fatal, degenerative disease affecting the central nervous system of sheep and goats.

The National Scrapie Eradication Program was started in 2000 with the goal of eradicating scrapie in the United States by the year 2010.

Castration is a process that can be performed when male kids are just a few days old. Castration is the process of removing the testicles to prevent the development of aggressive behaviors.

One of the perils of working with goats can be dealing with their sharp horns.

There are several health issues that goat producers should be concerned about in addition to those mentioned in the other handouts.