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Hello all, this is my first time to post.  I love all your advice, and have learned so much.  My question concerns CAE in Pygmys.  A friend would like to start a line of Kinders with my Nubian doe.  I am excited to do this with her. When asked about a CAE test, the breeder she is getting her pygmy  buck from tells us that CAE is exclusive to dairy goats.   Anyone have experience with this?   

Any insight would be very helpful. 

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Comment by Margie McCoy at River Dance Farm on November 30, 2011 at 5:35pm

Thank you Deborah as that is direct and to the point. It is very scary that most people that do raise the meat goats DO NOT test or care to test. They do lead people in the direction of Jennifer and that is not fair to her. Thank you Jennifer for asking first!

Comment by Jennifer Cernich on October 27, 2011 at 1:04pm

Thank you Deborah.  The way it stands right now the buck is going to be tested before he leaves his current home.  I have run into 2 other families  who have had goats for years and they swear they have never heard of CAE.  So now I always ask, but there is just so much I still have to learn!

Thanks again!

Comment by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on October 25, 2011 at 10:14pm
Definitely not true! Boers and pygmies and angoras can all get CAE and Johnes and CL. They are all the same species. They simply come from different parts of the world and been bred for different traits -- such as milk or meat. Some say diseases are actually worse in breeds other than dairy goats because the other breeds are less likely to test and then cull or bottle feed babies of affected dams. Basically, other breeders don't care as much. The incidence of CAE is actually getting quite low in dairy goats now because the breeders have made such an effort to test and cull or bottle raise. In fact, I know a Nubian breeder and goat judge who said that a pygmy brought CAE into her herd. It's rather sad and disturbing to hear that someone raising pygmies does not even know that the disease exists in her breed.

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