It's not good news. I just got off the phone with the Vet. The blood test came back positive for Johnes. There is no cure. What happens is that there is a bacteria in gut and the goat is unable to get nutrients from the food. It also cause the appetite to diminish. Long story short, they starve to death.
The vet did tell me that the goat lady has had a positive case of Johnes with her herd, and that Juju came to me with it and with the stress of pregnancy, the bacteria was able to thrive and grow.
I made arrangements to have Juju put down on Monday. The vet will come and do that and then also take her away. I could bury her here on my land but I don't think that I can dig a hole big enough nor deep enough.
I will also now test Maggie to see if she has it. This will be a stool test. They will grow it out and also do a DNA bacteria test. If she comes back positive then I will have to put her down. If it comes back negative then I will re-test her next year. And not breed her.
The three kids. They are too young to test at this time. The bacteria needs time to do it's thing. Good news, they can't "shed" the bacteria until they at at 11 months of age. I will get the two back from my friend Kellie and come spring I will test them to see if they have it. The one kid, Basil (Root beer is his new name) and Sage have 25% chance of having caught it in utero.
The other option is to put all of them down (Maggie and the kids) without testing and let the land sit for one year as it takes that long for the bacteria to go through it's cycle.
Right now I'm very sad and discouraged. I know it's not this way but I feel that I am having really bad luck with animals. I had to put my cat down a few months ago and now my goat. And maybe more of my goats.
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