I’m going to start off today’s Boer Goat Profits lesson by telling you something that you probably already know: livestock health problems can quickly chip away at your profits!
Sick animals need medication and often need to be culled. They also infect other animals on your farm. It’s an vicious cycle.
That’s why you need to know what health problems Boers are prone to BEFORE you get into the business.
So here we go – the top two health problems that Boers get:
– Boer goats are more sensitive to parasite infections than other breeds of meat goats. Because their stock originally comes from a hot dry climate where these parasites don’t survive as well, Boers don’t have as good of immunity against them as breeds of goats that developed where they were always exposed to the parasites.
– Parasites and the resistance of worms to dewormer treatment is a MAJOR concern in any goat herd. Misinformation and a lack of veterinarians willing to work on goats has led to a large amount of misuse of dewormer products.
FOOT ROT and FOOT SCALD:
– Foot rot is a disease caused by infection by two organisms that eat away at the hoof wall and soft tissues underneath.
– Infections occur most often when goats haven’t received proper foot care or trimming. This leads to overgrown hooves, and when ground or living conditions are always wet, muddy, dirty, or contaminated with feces.
These are two health problems that you’ll have to look out for when you buy your Boers (that’s an important point. You need to watch for these problems AT THE POINT you’re buying your goats – not after you’ve bought them!).
You can’t underestimate the importance of goat health. If you’re Boers are sick, you’ll be spending money on medicine, and maybe vets fees. And a sick goat isn’t a productive one.
To farming profits,
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