for people who love the littlest dairy goats
I think we have it. We purchased several La Mancha does about 10 days ago and one of them has a lump between her hip and ribcage. I called the breeder up and he said yup, he just found a CL lump on one of the does he still has.
We're at a loss as to what to do. CL doesn't spread to humans through milk. We need the milk from all the does in order to run our pasteurizer.
After seeing the lump on the one doe I started checking out all our does very carefully and found a lump on the jaw of one of the NDG does. This doe was born on our farm and we've never had any abscesses here for her to have picked it up that way, and even if one of the new LaMancha does did have a ruptured abscess that we hadn't noticed (and I'm sure they don't) the virus wouldn't have had time to incubate. Maybe she doesn't have CL, maybe she has a tooth problem, some of the reading I've done suggests that as a possibility given the particular location of the lump.
I did find out a couple of months ago that there have been sheep on our farm in the past decade. CL can live in the soil for a very, very long time. If we have CL in the soil we're in trouble.
So I have to figure out what we're going to do. If the born-on-farm doe does have CL then she got it from the soil and we have two choices: learn to manage it, or quit goats.
As for the LaManchas I have to decide if I want to keep them and just isolate whenever abscesses show up and then maybe sell them next year if we can get enough milk from just our NDGs, or sell them now and just hope that my NDG doe doesn't have CL.