At Mercy's Edge Farm herd health is one of our top priorities. All of our goats were tested in April 2017 and have been confirmed negative for CAE, CL, Johne's Disease and Brucellosis.
Worm problems can be detrimental to herd health. I do random fecal testing under the microscope and use the FAMACHA test to indicate which animals need to be treated for worms. Goats are only treated when necessary, to prevent the occurrence of drug resistant parasites.
Our goats are provided free choice Organic Atlantic Kelp, Sweetlix goat minerals, and 2nd cut grass hay. Does are fed Poulin 18% sweet goat grain and nursing does receive Poulin dairy goat pellets with a top dressing of black oil sunflower seeds.
Bucks receive Poulin Meat goat pellets that contain ammonium chloride for urinary tract health. I also top their grain with black oil sunflower seeds. In the evening all of the goats get a snack of a few raisins and animal crackers, which are their favorite. They also love eating the leaves from the apple trees in the summer.
We give Copasure capsules as needed for copper deficiency. They also receive scheduled Bo-Se injections for selenium and vitamin E. They are vaccinated yearly for CDT and Rabies.
All kids are disbudded and tattooed at 3 to 9 days old. Each kid has their own folder providing an accurate record of all health and maintenance care they receive. Kids leaving the farm will take their folders with them. They will be wormed and receive preventative coccidiosis treatment before leaving for their new homes. If you purchase a wether he will be wethered before leaving the farm.
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