Gap Mountain Goats                          Meat Your Future™

Our Method

An Overview of Our Management

Our herd is and always has been clean!

We   take   biosecurity   seriously   and   breeding   responsibly. As   part   of   our   routine health maintenance we test for CAE, CL, Johne’s, TB and Brucellosis. Our herd is closed! We   have   a   genetically   strong   and   diverse   herd   that   does   not   require   us   to bring in new stock. Natural methods! Disease   can   often   be   described   as   an   imbalance   and   compromise   of   the immune   system   and   natural   order.   We   feel   a   natural   approach   to   caring   for livestock   is   less   labor   intensive   and   produces   healthier   animals   with   strong immune systems.    Our   experience   has   been   that   most   vaccines   and   supplemental   injections   are unnecessary. We have never used BoSe or other “preventative” injections. Whenever   possible   we   prefer   to   treat   a   specific   illness   with   a   specific,   often natural    treatment    rather    than    using    broad-based    antibiotics    or    medicated feed.   Misuse   and   overuse   of   chemical   products   reduces   a   body’s   natural immune   system   while   at   the   same   time   creating   super   viruses   and   bacteria that become resistant to those drugs. With   regards   to   chemical   worming,   we   typically   don’t   except   in   the   most extreme   of   circumstances.   Instead,   we   perform   routine   FECs,   use   targeted doses   of   copper   sulfate   and   paddock   rotation.   Our   goats   have   24/7   access   to a    loose    mineral/kelp/copper    mix    and    are    rotated    to    fresh    foraging    areas throughout the growing season. The way nature intended! Our   kids   are   dam-raised   and   weaned   no   earlier   than   3   months   for   bucklings, 4   months   for   doelings,   and   all   kids   we   retain   are   left   on   their   dams   to   wean naturally. This   produces   a   healthier   adult   with   a   stronger   immune   system   who is   ultimately   better   able   to   handle   common   issues   such   as   parasites   and stress. We   can   raise   our   kids   naturally   because   we   have   a   clean-tested   herd.   When   I hear   of   people   who   “practice   CAE   prevention”,   to   me   that’s   a   RED   FLAG!   It either   means   they’ve   had   a   problem   with   CAE   in   the   past   and   didn’t   cull   their sick animals or they’ve never bothered to test their herd. Regardless,   those   kids   are   robbed   of   valuable   antibodies   passed   through nursing   and   I   simply   fail   to   see   how   kids   bottle-raised   on   formula   will   ever measure   up   to   kids   that   have   generations   of   strong,   healthy   genetics   behind them.   Plus,   goats   have   very   strong   family   ties   and   I   think   in   some   ways   it’s cruel to take the kids away and not let them learn how to be a goat naturally.
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Our Method

An Overview of Our Management

Our herd is and always has been clean!

We   take   biosecurity   seriously   and   breeding   responsibly. As   part of    our    routine    health    maintenance    we    test    for    CAE,    CL, Johne’s, TB and Brucellosis. Our herd is closed! We   have   a   genetically   strong   and   diverse   herd   that   does   not require us to bring in new stock. Natural methods! Disease     can     often     be     described     as     an     imbalance     and compromise   of   the   immune   system   and   natural   order.   We   feel a   natural   approach   to   caring   for   livestock   is   less   labor   intensive and produces healthier animals with strong immune systems.    Our   experience   has   been   that   most   vaccines   and   supplemental injections   are   unnecessary.   We   have   never   used   BoSe   or   other “preventative” injections. Whenever   possible   we   prefer   to   treat   a   specific   illness   with   a specific,   often   natural   treatment   rather   than   using   broad-based antibiotics   or   medicated   feed.   Misuse   and   overuse   of   chemical products   reduces   a   body’s   natural   immune   system   while   at   the same   time   creating   super   viruses   and   bacteria   that   become resistant to those drugs. With   regards   to   chemical   worming,   we   typically   don’t   except   in the    most    extreme    of    circumstances.    Instead,    we    perform routine    FECs,    use    targeted    doses    of    copper    sulfate    and paddock    rotation.    Our    goats    have    24/7    access    to    a    loose mineral/kelp/copper   mix   and   are   rotated   to   fresh   foraging   areas throughout the growing season. The way nature intended! Our   kids   are   dam-raised   and   weaned   no   earlier   than   3   months for   bucklings,   4   months   for   doelings,   and   all   kids   we   retain   are left   on   their   dams   to   wean   naturally.   This   produces   a   healthier adult   with   a   stronger   immune   system   who   is   ultimately   better able to handle common issues such as parasites and stress. We   can   raise   our   kids   naturally   because   we   have   a   clean- tested    herd.    When    I    hear    of    people    who    “practice    CAE prevention”,   to   me   that’s   a   RED   FLAG!   It   either   means   they’ve had   a   problem   with   CAE   in   the   past   and   didn’t   cull   their   sick animals or they’ve never bothered to test their herd. Regardless,    those    kids    are    robbed    of    valuable    antibodies passed   through   nursing   and   I   simply   fail   to   see   how   kids   bottle- raised    on    formula    will    ever    measure    up    to    kids    that    have generations    of    strong,    healthy    genetics    behind    them.    Plus, goats   have   very   strong   family   ties   and   I   think   in   some   ways   it’s cruel   to   take   the   kids   away   and   not   let   them   learn   how   to   be   a goat naturally.
© All content and photographs contained within this website are the sole property of Gap Mountain Goats
Gap Mountain Goats                          Meat Your Future™