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Below is a list of some of the commonly used terminology that applies to goats. This list is by no means complete. If you feel there is a term that will be useful to add to this list, please let us know so that we may add it! Please contact with the information you feel would be appropriate for this page.

Doe - girl goat
Doeling - baby female goat
Nanny - a mother goat; infrequently used depending upon your location
Buck - boy goat
Billy - boy goat; frequently used to describe an older, adult male goat - non wether
Buckling - baby male goat
Kid(s) - baby goats, either sex
Wether - castrated male
Freshen - to come into milk
Orifice - the hole in the end of a teat
SubQ - subcutaneous, under the skin shot (sometimes written as SQ or sq)
IM - intramuscularly, in the muscle shot
Mastitis - infection of the udder
CL - Caseous Lymphadenitis, an abscess disease of goats that is highly contagious
CAE - Caprine Arthritic Encephalitis, a goat virus alot like AIDS in humans
Johnes - a wasting disease of ruminants, contagious in their fecal matter (poop)
Placenta - the big membrane that the doe expells after kidding
Lochia - the dark blood discharge a doe has for several weeks after kidding
Kidding - having babies
Colostrum - the first milk full of antibodies for the kids, essential to their life
Cocci - an oxycyt that destroys the lining of the small intestine causing diarrhea and death;
(also known as coccidiosis)

Coccidiosis - an oxycyt that destroys the lining of the small intestine causing diarrhea and death;
(also known as cocci)

Scours - diarrhea usually only associated with incorrect milk feeding
Enterotoxemia actually misnamed "overeaters", it is a toxin in all healthy goats, that multiplies with a stressor to cause stomach cramps and death
Manure - poop, nanny berries, fecal matter, excrement
CC - cubic centimeter, same as ML; 3CC and 3ML are the same thing in shots
ML - milliliter, same as CC; 3CC and 3ML are the same thing in shots

About the author: This article was requested by Vicki McGaugh and is an ongoing project to list all applicable goat terms and their specific meaning. Anyone is welcome to submit terminology for inclusion in this article once it has been verified to be accurate.

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