The Ranch at Li'l Promised Land LLC

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Herd health testing is important!

Please educate yourself about goat diseases and consider buying from breeders who health test, preferably annually.

Here are some links to different goat diseases to help in your research:
Caseous Lymphadenitis (CL):
"Caseous lymphadenitis is a contagious bacterial infection of the lymph nodes of sheep and goats. It is caused by a bacterium called Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis. This bacterium is extraordinarily durable, apparently able to survive in soil for months to years, even in dry climates with substantial sun exposure." http://veterinaryextension.colostate.edu/menu2/sm%20rum/Caseous%20Lymphadenitis%20in%20Small%20Ruminants.pdf

https://www.lsuagcenter.com/NR/rdonlyres/BB88E5CF-37A7-4117-9C11-B5F8737EEEB0/71416/CaseouslymphadenitisSmallRuminantsJuly2010.pdf

http://infovets.com/books/smrm/F/F108.htm

https://www.uaex.edu/publications/pdf/FSA-3095.pdf


Caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE):

".. is a contagious viral disease of goats. The disease is typically spread from mother to kid through the ingestion of colostrum or milk. CAE virus may also be spread among adult goats through contact with body secretions including blood and feces of infected goats." https://articles.extension.org/pages/61393/caprine-arthritis-encephalitis-virus-cae


Johne's:

"Johne’s (pronounced “Yoh-nees”) disease and paratuberculosis are two names for the same animal disease. Named after a German veterinarian, this fatal gastrointestinal disease was first clearly described in a dairy cow in 1895. A bacterium named Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (abbreviated “MAP”) is the cause of Johne’s disease." https://johnes.org/goats/faqs/

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Feeding and health care at Li'l Promised Land

We like to use herbal/holistic remedies when possible and only use antibiotics in rare cases, if we feel it is necessary, such as to save a life or to treat the rare case of mastitis. We might have used antibiotics twice in the 9 years we've raised goats.

We don't grain feed the Kiko goats, but do feed our dairy goats grain while we're milking them which is about 10 months out of the year.  Their grain is currently conventional and does contain both corn and soy.

We don't spray our pasture and we try to buy hay that is not sprayed, but we've found that many farmers spray once in the spring with herbicides,  because many horse people (who may also buy the same hay) don't like weeds. 

We usually buy third cut alfalfa which is harvested in the fall and hope most of the spray has been out of the plant by then. We haven't found a reliable source of hay from one farmer and end up buying from multiple sources throughout the year (always looking for the 3rd cut regardless of when we purchase it).

The chickens and ducks also eat conventional grain, along with lots of kitchen scraps from our family cooking. 

Someday we would love to be all organic or at least non GMO, but we cannot afford it at this time. We can't even feed our human family all organic,  but we do what we can to be as healthy as possible. :)