Boer Goats Diseases
Boer goats just like any living thing can be susceptible to various diseases, especially if you fail to get them vaccinated. Due to most of these diseases having identical symptoms they are very hard to distinguish by yourself. But as a boer goat breeder it is important that you have at least some understanding of the various diseases that may affect a member of your herd. Learning about the main symptoms and how to treat them would also greatly help to minimise the risk of you losing one of your boer goats, or even the whole herd. Giving your boer goats lots of love and care will give you less worrys and healthy goats to enjoy.
One of the most common goats diseases is known as ‘big head’. Big head occurs when the goat becomes infested with worms. The main symptom of big head is that your goat will suddenly look pale and develop a swollen head. This should not be confused with another common goat problem known as ‘bloating’. Other symptoms you may find if your goat has ‘big head’ would be, frequent urination, anxiousness and it will behave different from the rest of the herd. If you discover this in any of your herd it should be examined as soon as possible to avoid any unnecessary complications.
Many of the goat diseases can easily be prevented by simply getting your herd regularly checked. A once-a-month visit to the veterinarian would not only protect your herd, but would also protect your farm. Being vigilante for any possible trouble occurring within your herd will also help in protecting them and your farm. Here are a few simple ways to spot if something is possibly not right with one of your boer goats.
- Watch your goats and see if any of the herd starts to isolate themselves from the rest. Boer goats are naturally sociable and friendly animals, therefore separation from the herd could be the sign of a problem.
- Check your goats faeces and droppings for any abnormalities. If a boer goat is unwell then its droppings and urine could give you a clue that something is not right. Among the most easily recognisable symptoms for boer goats diseases are diarrhea (with blood), pus from the ears, mouth, vulva or any other part of your goat’s body.
- Other signs of your goat being unwell is, swelling of the chin, any defects in movements and behaviour.
You could also do your own goat check up as well as the observations to ensure that your herd is healthy. The main areas to check are the rectal temperature which should be at least 39 degrees and the goats pulse rate that must be 80 or less beats per minute.