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   currently   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. Good   health   starts   with   nutrition   and   most   health   issues   can   be prevented   with   common   sense   and   good   husbandry:   proper   feeding, plenty   of   fresh   air   and   excercise,   fresh   water   and   a   clean   living environment. Our    experience    has    been    that    most    vaccines    and    supplemental injections   are   unnecessary.   We   have   never   used   BoSe   or   other “preventative”   injections.    We   have   also   never   had   a   case   of   white muscle disease. Selenium,   as   well   as   other   important   trace   elements,   is   best   supplied in   kelp.   It   is   also   the   easiest   way   to   give   it   to   your   goats!   They   LOVE IT   so   your   option   is   to   either   provide   kelp   in   conjunction   with   their mineral    mix    or…..you    can    buy    BoSe    (along    with    syringes    and needles), restrain the animal and administer it by injection. Whenever    possible    we    prefer    to    treat    a    specific    illness    with    a specific,   often   natural   treatment   before   using   broad-based   antibiotics or   commercial   products.   Misuse   and   overuse   of   chemicals   reduces   a body’s   natural   immune   system   while   at   the   same   time   creating   super viruses and bacteria that become resistant to those drugs. We   never   feed   commercially   prepared   “goat   treats”   (alfalfa   pellets, specifically,   are   NOT   good   for   goats   despite   how   they   are   marketed). Instead,   we   grow   or   buy   fruits   and   veggies   that   they   love   and   that are good for them such as fennel, apples, and cherry tomatoes. 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   (always   had)   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. Either way it’s bad practice. Additionally,   those   kids   are   robbed   of   valuable   antibodies   passed only   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   my   personal   opinion   is   that   it’s   unfair   to   take   the   kids away and not let them learn how to be a goat within their family unit.
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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 currently 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. Good   health   starts   with   nutrition   and   most   health   issues can    be    prevented    with    common    sense    and    good husbandry:    proper    feeding,    plenty    of    fresh    air    and excercise, fresh water and a clean living environment. Our    experience    has    been    that    most    vaccines    and supplemental    injections    are    unnecessary.    We    have never   used   BoSe   or   other   “preventative”   injections.   We    have    also    never    had    a    case    of    white    muscle disease. Selenium,   as   well   as   other   important   trace   elements,   is best   supplied   in   kelp.   It   is   also   the   easiest   way   to   give   it to   your   goats!   They   LOVE   IT   so   your   option   is   to   either provide    kelp    in    conjunction    with    their    mineral    mix or…..you    can    buy    BoSe    (along    with    syringes    and needles),    restrain    the    animal    and    administer    it    by injection. Whenever   possible   we   prefer   to   treat   a   specific   illness with    a    specific,    often    natural    treatment    before    using broad-based   antibiotics   or   commercial   products.   Misuse and    overuse    of    chemicals    reduces    a    body’s    natural immune   system   while   at   the   same   time   creating   super viruses    and    bacteria    that    become    resistant    to    those drugs. We    never    feed    commercially    prepared    “goat    treats” (alfalfa    pellets,    specifically,    are    NOT    good    for    goats despite   how   they   are   marketed).   Instead,   we   grow   or buy   fruits   and   veggies   that   they   love   and   that   are   good for them such as fennel, apples, and cherry tomatoes. 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 (always   had)   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.   Either   way   it’s   bad practice. Additionally,     those     kids     are     robbed     of     valuable antibodies   passed   only   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   my   personal   opinion   is   that   it’s unfair   to   take   the   kids   away   and   not   let   them   learn   how to be a goat within their family unit.
© All content and photographs contained within this website are the sole property of Gap Mountain Goats
Gap Mountain Goats                          Meat Your Future™