To contact us:
Greg & Barbara
Phone: 859-356-2478, Fax: 859-363-0289
1510 Bird Rd., Independence, Ky. 41051
At Atwood Acres We:
Are an Accredited TB and Certified Brucelosis free herd.
Voluntarily participate in the National Scrapie Program.
Test annually for CAE and Johnes.
Have never had any cases of infectious abscesses (CL).
Do our own fecal analysis on a routine schedule and worm accordingly.
Vaccinate annually for CD/T.
Laboratory testing is an integral part of our herd management here at Atwood Acres. When we started out with our first few goats (as pets) we looked to pay the least we could and quickly found out that “you get what you pay for”. The health of these animals caused many headaches—thank goodness the problems were never serious, only time consuming to treat. We quickly decided to look toward registered animals, expecting that these breeders would most likely be more conscientious about the health of their animals. We were correct for the most part and started doing much research on diseases found in goats and available laboratory testing for those conditions. We sold all of our “pets” and started purchasing registered animals from reputable breeders. We also immediately implemented a rigorous testing program for our animals, which included testing animals prior to purchase and quarantining new herd additions.
We voluntarily participate in the National Scrapie Eradication Program. For specific disease and volunteering information: http://www.animalagriculture.org/scrapie/Media/FactSheet.htm
We are an Accredited herd for TB. This required two consecutive years of negative testing for the entire herd including testing new herd additions before arrival and then shortly after coming to the farm. All animals 6 months and older are tested.
“Tuberculosis (TB) can occur in goats and the organism can infect humans. Most states require a negative TB test prior to allowing movement of animals into the state. The organism can be shed in milk, so all animals producing milk for human consumption should also have a negative test or the milk should be pasteurized. TB can produce mild to sever clinical signs. Chronic wasting and coughing may be the only signs seen. Other animals may have an intestinal form of TB with diarrhea as the primary sign. Diagnosis is made by intradermal skin test or by post-mortem exam.” Text obtained from Pygmy Goats Management and Veterinary Care by Lorrie Boldrick D.V.M. and Lydia Hale
Brucellosis (Bang’s Disease)
We are a Certified Free herd for Brucelosis. This also required two consecutive years of negative testing for the entire herd including testing new herd additions before arrival and then shortly after coming to the farm. All animals 6 months and older are tested.
Brucellosis is not a common problem in goats. However, it can infect people either by direct contact with infected goats or by ingestion of contaminated milk products. In man, the disease presents itself as Malta Fever. (Brucellosis continued on the next page)