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Posted by GoatWorld on October 10, 2001 at 18:16:41:
In Reply to: Re: LA200 and Tylan 200 for the treatment of pneumonia posted by Helene on October 10, 2001 at 17:15:15:
This wether you have, what breed goat is he? There are several reasons that are possible for him to be acting this way. I guess the best place to start though is by going through a checklist of possibilities.
How long have you had him or was he kidded by one of your goats there at your place?
Have you ever noticed him to be more active than he is now?
I think the first thing I'd look at is perhaps some type of deficiency. If he is a goat that you bought from someone, it's sometimes hard to tell about his bloodline. He could be one of those that was the runt in a set of twins or triplets. Also, I've seen wethers go both ways - they can either be very passive and non-chalant, or very aggressive behaviorally. One particular wether we had seemed to get meaner the older he got.
If this wether is from a dairy goat line, he could have the GS6 gene (there is an article about this in the Articles section). The thriftiness of the goat is quite often determined by this. Another example is that we have a young doe that was born as a twin in a Nubian (nanny) and FB Boer (sire) cross. This little doe is a real sweetheart personality wise but just does not seem to grow. It is almost as if she is stunted. Even her horns are stunted. Despite my efforts to "beef" her up, she just stays about the same. It was suggested to me that it could possibly be the GS6.
Perhaps a good way to tell if this sluggishness is deficiency related is by administering a few good doses of Goat Nutri-Drench for maybe three or 4 days and noting the change (if any) physically as well as behaviorally. I've given 15 cc's of this to a goat every 8 hours (up to 60 cc's per day) and it really will pep them up if their is any pep to pep up LOL.
Of course there are other possibilities as well - I'd have the goat tested to ensure that he is CAEV/CL free. I'm not so familiar with these at 9 months in a goat but it wouldn't hurt and would give you peace of mind knowing that if he is certified "free" that he won't be passing something on to your other goats.
Please let me know a little more history behind this wether.
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