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Farm Animal Practice
Diseases of dairy goats
  1. David Harwood

    David Harwood graduated from London in 1974 and worked in mixed, mainly farm animal, practice. He joined the Carmarthen Veterinary Investigation Centre in 1984 and transferred to Winchester in 1994, where he currently works in the surveillance division of the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA). He is a goat consultant to the VLA Small Ruminant Group and is a member of the VLA Cattle Group. He is an honorary veterinary surgeon for the British Goat Society and a visiting lecturer at Glasgow, London, Edinburgh and Bristol veterinary schools, where he teaches goat health and welfare. He is also a past-president of the British Cattle Veterinary Association

Abstract

GOATS occupy a unique position in the UK livestock industry due to the fact that they are kept for a wide range of uses. Traditionally, particularly before the 1980s, goats were kept as individuals or in small groups primarily to produce milk for their owners. Since that time, unit size has gradually increased and, nowadays, a single herd can comprise in excess of 2000 milking goats. Diseases of dairy goats show many similarities to those of high-yielding dairy cows and also sheep. There are, however, a number of important differences between these species that need to be borne in mind, including specific goat diseases. This article discusses these differences with reference to common infectious diseases, other clinical conditions, endoparasites and breeding/fertility problems.

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