CAE, Caprine arthritis-encephalitis, and what it can mean to your ranch!

By Gail Bowman

CAE or CAEV (Caprine arthritis-encephalitis virus) is a common disease of goats that is prevalent worldwide. In the United States, prevalence as high as 81% has been reported for goat herds. According to a recent study by J. D. Rowe, DVM, “Infection most commonly occurs when the virus is present in colostrum or milk that is ingested. However, prolonged contact, particularly in high-density goat populations, also results in significant transmission.”



Spring Lamb Management

By Scott Greiner

Lamb management practices during the spring months will largely be dictated by the intended marketing date. Early winter born lambs (January and February) are often managed to maximize growth in an effort to reach acceptable market weights during the spring. Under this scenario, creep feeding young lambs while still nursing the ewe can provide valuable supplemental weight gain.