CAE & JD Testing 

We choose to test our goats annually for CAE and JD.

This way we can ensure our goats are healthy and producing quality kids. 
We do not allow untested goats on our property. Our Bio security program is diverse and is in place to protect not only us, but those looking to buy, fellow breeders and the general community. 

 

We recommend only buying goats from tested herds. 
Below is some information, PDFs and links. 

Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE)

is a serious disease that causes major production losses in goats world-wide through mastitis, ill-thrift, arthritis, pneumonia, ascending paralysis and brain disease (encephalitis). CAE is also considered an animal welfare issue. There is no cure for CAE. The disease is also known as ‘big knee’ and is caused by a lentivirus, which is a ‘slow’ virus with a long incubation period.

For more information, please click the PDF for GUIDELINES FOR THE VOLUNTARY CONTROL AND ERADICATION OF CAE FROM INDIVIDUAL HERDS

Johne’s Disease (JD)

is a serious wasting disease of goats, which can lead to loss of production and death. The disease is caused by a bacterium (Mycobacterium paratuberculosis) that lives mainly in animal intestines, but can also survive in the outside environment for several months. Johne’s disease affects animals by causing thickening of the intestinal wall resulting in a reduction in the normal absorption of food. Johne’s disease is seen more often in dairy goats than meat or fibre goats, but all breeds may be infected if they come into contact with the bacterium. Goats acquire infection at an early age through eating contaminated pasture or drinking contaminated milk or water. The signs of disease develop slowly and the disease is rarely seen in young animals. In Australia, the disease occurs more frequently in the southern states. Western Australia (WA) and the Northern Territory (NT) have no known infected goat herds.

For more information, please click on the PDF