I got the test back for Maggie ( The other goat) and looks like she is also positive for Johne's. She has been losing weight but I was hoping that it was cause I have been cutting back on the grain as I'm drying her up.
What this means is that I will have to put her down and I will also put down Sage, the baby goat that is almost five months old. Sage had a 25% chance of having it due to her mom Juju having it, now with Maggie testing positive it's up in the 90% range that she also has it, just that she is to young to test. Sage is also to young to shed (it's not in the poop yet) Johne's
I won't have goats this winter and maybe not till spring of 2012. The ground will need to sit for one year. I could probably get goats in the fall time, but why mess with goats in the winter? I will just wait until spring. This way the ground will have plenty of time to do it's thing.
I still have plenty of milk set aside for soap making and if I need more next summer I know other people that have milk goats.
I will not be getting my goats from the same person that I got these ones from. I think that she has an epidemic on her land and that she is burying her head in the sand and not addressing it. (IMHO)
While I am sad by this news, I was prepared for it to be bad so I'm not surprised by it.
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