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Posted by Vicki McGaugh on June 18, 2000 at 15:47:23:

In Reply to: CAE FREE HERD. posted by Lawrence Wilder/Fla on June 17, 2000 at 18:10:03:

Yep! They are my obcession! CAE negative refers to a test on blood. Make sure that this is a negative on an Elisa test only. Problem is, I could pull blood on one of my does who I know is postive. Put this blood into 10 vials and get 10 negative results back on all goats. Soo...once again just like pedigree, the tests results or your paperwork is only as reliable as the person! If this is something you want then have this negative result put down on paperwork, with part of the contract stating that money will be refunded if animals test postive in 30 days. Retest, at Pullman Washington 509-335-9696, and perhaps have the money held by a third party until test results come back. You also might want to do the CL tests at the same time. CAE is very much like HIV. An animal can test negative today, have a stress like a move, and then the titer in the doe will rise to a detectable level, then test postive. The only way to rid yourself of this disease is to test annually, and to raise all kis on a heat treated colostrum and pasturised milk program. Does transmit CAE to their kids from colostrum and milk. We transmit CAE to our goats from blood contamination with needles etc.. Vicki

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