COULD CROSS BREEDING INCREASE GOAT KID VALUE?

BY JOHN HIBMA

Is there any value in breeding dairy does with a Boer or other meat goat buck to produce crossbred kids? This is a question with as many different answers as there are breeders. A management style appropriate for one goat herd might be completely unacceptable to another and vice-versa. For those who have dairy goat herds and focus on maximizing milk production and genetics, the idea of crossbreeding with a meat breed just seems to make little or no sense at all. But for others, crossbreeding can be used as a management tool with a variety of purposes…

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Q FEVER IN GOATS, SHEEP, AND PEOPLE

BY DONAL O’TOOLE

Wyoming has had three episodes of laboratory confirmed Q fever in animals since 2000. Cases occurred in the towns of Hulett, Powell and Wright. In each case, goats were infected and people were exposed. In the Wright episode, people were infected and developed clinical illness.

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