This page will not tell you all about nutrition, emergency care, how to treat illnesses, etc. Other people and sites can do it better. These are just some basic tips and links to help you out as a beginner or in case of emergency.
When you first purchase a San Clemente Island goat, ask the breeder for a list of good goat contacts. The list should include anyone, especially a vet, who has good goat experience, and who you can call with health questions. You should also make your own contactsfind a veterinarian in your area with goat experience. Find out who your local 4-H leader is (even if you're an oldy) and ask them who they recommend to call for advice when needed. If your goat's in trouble, you'll wish that you had already compiled a list of contacts. Keep in mind that just because a person has had goats for a long time does not necessarily mean that they have the best knowledge base.
If you're an experienced owner, keep updating your knowledge. The science of goat pregnancy testing, deworming approaches, nutrition information, and other goat health care issues is improving rapidly. If you know a lot, please make yourself available to those who don't. Even a small herd represents a good percentage of San Clemente Island goat breeding stock, and we can't afford to lose any of them.
As ruminants, goats naturally try to keep safe from predators by appearing healthy even when they're not. Observe your goats when they don't know you're watching. Look out for limping, heavy breathing, or anything abnormal. Handle them frequently and check the condition of their hooves and coats, feel them and check for lumps or anything unusual. They should be bright, alert, and responsive, or you may have a problem.
Here are a few links that you may find helpful
Goat Health Supplies:
- Hoegger's Supply www.thegoatstore.com 8002214628
(the 27A hoof trimmers are pretty good)
- Caprine Supply www.caprinesupply.com 8006467736
(Great cheesemaking supplies, but also healthcare tools and AI supplies)
- Premier One Supplies www.premier1supplies.com 8002826631
(Nice price on Burdizzos and probably lots of other things, as they cater to commercial ranchers).
Pregnancy Testing (also 97% accurate CAE Testing)
Johnes and CAE Testing
Guide to Goat Terminology:
(general goat sites of you'd like to interact with other goat owners with varied levels of experience)
If you have any health-related links you've found helpful, please let us know.
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San Clemente Island Goat Association
3037 Halfway Road
The Plains, VA 20198