With all types of cattle, disease can wipe out profits practically overnight. It is essential to draw up a Healthy Herd Plan with your vet to keep calves, breeding stock and finishing cattle healthy. It is important to observe good biosecurity precautions to guard against disease risk.
Frequent inspection for injury, illness, fly strike or other forms of distress is important and ailing sheep should be treated without delay. The flock should be protected by adequate vaccination and veterinary advice should be sought.
The most common dietary diseases are as follows:
To maintain the health of your goats, there are certain tasks that need to be undertaken on a regular basis:
Daily tasks that can determine whether a goat is off colour or not, are as follows:
Knowing your herd is essential when it comes to health and welfare. Some illnesses can have a gradual onset, so being able to spot the slightest change will help when combating illness.