Which plants are poisonous to goats?

There are several plants that can be poisonous to goats. However, the severity of plant poisoning depends on the quantity of the plant that was eaten, the amount of ground moisture, the health of the animal prior to consuming the toxic plant, and the size and age of the animal that consumed the plant.
Under normal circumstances, animals will not consume poisonous plants. However, there are some factors that might cause goats to eat poisonous plants. Those factors include starvation, …

What are grasses?

Grasses are monocotyledons and belong to the family Gramineae. Leaves from these herbaceous plants appear as blades, with parallel veins. Grasses seldom exceed 15 percent crude protein content. Some examples of grasses are the following: Bahia, bermudagrass, stargrass, bluestem, sudangrass, barley, oats, rye, rape, switchgrass, pearl millet, ryegrass, wheat, dallisgrass, and brown top millet. For more information on grasses, see Goat Pastures and Forages .…

What minerals do goats require?

To achieve maximum production levels, it is necessary to provide a free choice complete goat mineral supplement or a 50:50 mix of trace mineralized salt and dicalcium phosphate. In addition, goats need the following:
Calcium: Major functions include blood clotting, membrane permeability, muscle contraction, nerve function, cardiovascular functions, and enzyme activity. Adequate levels of calcium for lactating goats are necessary to prevent parturient paresis (milk fever). In browsing or grain-fed goats, the addition of a calcium supplement (dicalcium phosphate, limestone, …

How much water do goats need daily?

Goats need two to three gallons of water daily. However, goats may get by on only about a half gallon a day or less while grazing lush green grass. In addition, a lactating doe requires more than two to three gallons of water, depending on how much she is getting from grass and how much milk she is producing. For more information, see: Goat Nutrition Water .…

How do I treat skin fungus or ringworm in my goats?

Isolate the goat and treat early and aggressively. Clip the hair, remove any scales/crust, scrub with Nalvasan or Betadine, apply topical antifungals often, and continue for up to six weeks. Be sure to disinfect all equipment and the area daily. You may need to use a systemic antibiotic like Penicillin G or Nulfor (extra label use by a veterinarian) if the fungus is deeper than the skin only. In some cases, a systemic antifungal drug is needed, and these will …

Which diseases of sheep and goats are reportable?

According to the USDA’s National Animal Health Reporting System (www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/nahss/disease_status.htm#sheep), the following sheep and/or goat diseases are reportable to state and/or federal animal health authorities. Individual states may require additional diseases to be reported, and additional diseases may be added to this list at any time.
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD)
Vesicular stomatitis (VS)
Rinderpest
Peste des petits ruminants
Rift Valley fever
Bluetongue
Sheep pox and goat pox
Anthrax (Bacillus anthracis)
Aujesky’s disease (Pseudorabies)
Echinococcosis/hydatidosis
Heartwater …