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“Casper’s a Down-Goat”

A friend of mine recently got ahold of me, a few days before Christmas.  Their buck, Casper, had been refusing food and water for a couple days and wasn’t moving.  The previous day he was a down-goat, and they honestly didn’t expect him to survive the night.  But the next morning he was up on his feet again.  They expected the goat to die at any time, and the local goat vet wasn’t going to be able to come to…

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“Goats and Calcium Stones”

A lot of farmers are aware that many ungulates are prone to urinary calculi.  These are stones, kidney and bladder stones, that can potentially clog the urinary tract.  The risk is greater in male animals due to their more petite urinary tract, compared to the females’.  It’s said that intact males fair better than males castrated young, as they are able to develop larger tracts, but it seems like most of the horror stories I’ve seen and heard happened with…

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