What are some clinical symptoms of acorn poisoning in goats?

Goats affected by acorn poisoning have a poor appetite, appear dull, become constipated, suffer weight loss and look “gaunted up” or “tucked up”. They also may pass blood in the manure and/or bleed from the nostrils. Profuse diarrhea may follow after the experience constipation. Affected animals drink large amounts of water and void excessive amounts of clear urine (urine may also contain blood). Many animals go down after 3-7 days of acorn poisoning clinical signs. If these affected animals do …

Marketing Meat Goats, the Basic System

Marketing Meat Goats, the Basic System

Marion Simon, State Specialist for Small Farm and Part-time Farmers, Kentucky State University Cooperative Extension Program, 400 East Main St., Frankfort, KY 40601


Goat meat is an important food source worldwide and in several areas of the United States, particularly among nontraditional, “new” immigrant, and ethnic groups. Even though goats provided an important resource in the development of the United States, goat production became localized and was bypassed by the commercial and industrialized …


Mastitis is inflammation of the mammary gland, usually caused by an infectious process. The most prominent signs are painful, hot, hard and swollen udders, with decreased milk production. Lameness also occurs on the affected side. Nursing kids will appear hungry and weak and will die if the disease is not treated. The doe may by clinically ill with fever, loss of …

Goat Breeds Alpine


Alpine doe.


Alpine doe grazing.


Alpine doelings.

The French-Alpine goat originated in the Alps. They were brought to the United States from France and were selected for much greater uniformity, size, and production than the goats that were taken from Switzerland to France.

Size and production rather than color pattern have been stressed in the development of the French-Alpine. The color pattern may range from pure white through shades …