MASTITIS – PREVENTION

September 28, 2008

Cleanliness is something we should take very seriously in the Goat house. With our humid weather bacteria multiply very quickly on the wooden flooring. This even made worse when many local farmers think sweeping away whatever Goat poo in between the flooring is good enough. There are always those bits that are stuck from being trodden on combined with urine. I have personally seen floors virtually caked with excrement and the farmer wondering why his Goats have a Mastitis problem.

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Kid Sucking Mastitis Infected Udder

Mastitis is basically an infected udder and Doe’s of ALL breeds can contract it. Since bacteria that cause mastitis enter the udder through the teats, the cleanliness of the goat house, pens and feeding areas is extremely important. There is some evidence that says mastitis can be hereditary.

Please take note that Mastitis is not responsive to injectable type antibiotic because the medicine cannot get at the source of the infection. Remember, the udder is an interwoven mass of fibrous tissue that is walled off from the rest of the body. Injecting the udder directly with any substance, antibiotic or otherwise will kill her.

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Kid Sucking Healthy Udder

Prevention is easy. Keep your place clean! Make an effort is at least power wash at least once a week and spray a disinfectant when it dries. This also depends on the number of animals you have per square meter and if you keep them in all day and night. Our Goats are let out the whole day and only are allowed back in (unless the rain is too heavy) the late evenings so leaving us with ample time to carry out the cleaning and washing.

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