Posted by Vicki McGaugh on July 30, 2000 at 13:44:34:
In Reply to: Re: coughing posted by Jane on July 30, 2000 at 11:57:02:
Jane, if you have had your other does for any length of time at all, I would sell the spanish doe. The classic place for CL abscess is at the throat/ear where they join and also behind the front leg near the ribs (point of elbow). She will pass CL onto her kids from the colostrum and milk. She also can have very small (earser size) CL abscesses that will burst and infect your place and the other goats. The exude from an abscess can sit on a fence post for a year waiting to infect another goat with a splinter from the post. Blood tests in my opinion are not worth taking, now if you do get an abscess, you can send the whole abscess or the material from the inside to a lab and the result will be 100% barring human error. When we purchase stock or bring in girls on broker who we may leave in quarantine, just want them to breed the bloodline to our buck and glean off doe kids, we body shave them and look them over very carefully for old abscess scars. We of course also run CAE tests and since it is just 5$ more we run the CL at the same time. But at my farm I have a test from 2 different labs one from Washington one from PanAmerican in Austin, Scotia's test in 1996 is negative on both blood tests and colostrum tests yet positive for the exude from the abscess itself. So no I don't believe the tests 100%. Vicki
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