It's another year to celebrate. All the herd was negative on their annual CAE test. On to the 2018 kidding season.
Our herd tests annually for CAE. CAE causes a great deal of pain and suffering in goats and can be managed out of a herd by routinely testing and culling goats that are positive. We test because we show, we sell goats, and herd health is very important to us.
We use Bio-Pryn, specifically the affiliate in NC, Cool Springs Mobile Vet. They are goat people too!
We buy supplies from Healthy Kin, both syringes 3cc with 20ga needles and the serum tubes pictured above. They are very reasonable on pricing and the delivery time is also good.
Caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE) virus is a member of the small ruminant lentiviruses (also includes ovine progressive pneumonia, or OPP, of sheep), which may lead to chronic disease of the joints, and on rare occasions, encephalitis in goat kids less than six months of age. The CAE virus is intimately associated with white blood cells; therefore, any body secretions that contain blood cells are potential sources of virus to other goats in the herd. Since not all goats that become infected with CAE virus develop clinical disease, it is important to test goats routinely for infection by means of a serologic test that detects viral antibodies in the serum. (Credit: http://waddl.vetmed.wsu.edu/animal-disease-faq/cae)