Goats

All goats kept in the UK, whether singly or in a herd are classed as a farm animal. They are therefore subject to the same legislation covering animal health and welfare implemented by DEFRA. 

Breeds

A certain breed of goat may be kept for a specific quality such as milk, meat or temperament.

There are 7 dairy breeds kept in the UK, the bulk of these are kept on a commercial basis producing up to 2000 litres of milk per lactation.

Angora breeds are preferred for their mohair production.

The most common pet breed is Pygmy; this is a small docile breed perfect for small holdings.

 

Worming

Goats are susceptible to diseases caused by parasites.

Symptoms - weight loss, diarrhoea, anaemia and ill thrift

It is important to control worms with the use of effective anthelmintics. The use of faecal worm egg count monitoring can be used which allows us to worm accordingly to the worm burden.

 

Vaccination

The practice offers a vaccination programme for clostridial disease including Tetanus e.g. Heptavac

Initial course - 2 doses (4-6 weeks apart)

This is followed by a booster vaccination every 6 months 

Pregnant females should be given a booster vaccination 2-4 weeks before giving birth

Kids with unvaccinated mothers should start their initial course at 2-4 weeks old

Kids with vaccinated mothers should start their initial course at 10-12 weeks old

 

Reproduction

Gestation period is around 150 days

We are happy to discuss pregnancy in goats and have the facilities to scan as well