Care of Goats in Severe Winter Weather

Management of mature goats may change only slightly in colder weather compared to routine management throughout the rest of the year. Nothing takes the place of good, routine observations for changes in feed availability, body condition scores, and health problems such as pneumonia, parasites, and foot rot. However, management will need to change in very cold temperatures, and even more so in wet, cold temperatures.

For most producers who kid in late spring or after little likelihood of snow or …

The 2009 National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) Goat Report

The National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) program unit of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) conducts periodic nationwide studies on US livestock populations to assess current health and management practices. The latest NAHMS goat study was conducted in 2009; results are available at: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/nahms/goats/index.shtml.

Summaries and sub-reports of the 2009 study include: