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We have just started our small goat farm (4-H) related...this is our third year.  So we have been lucky, No Real problems...until Hubby came home with two new goats!!!  All was good...until everyone started having their babies.  The new girl revealed she had sore mouth (this confirmation after much research on the internet).  Now, we would like to know if babies who got this from her mommy will give it to their offspring?  We don't want to ask around our are, small community and such...so any information is greatly appreciated.

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Are you bottle raising the kids or did you allow them to nurse on the does? If the kid goats are nursing from a positive Soremouth doe then they most likely will have an immunity to soremouth virus and therefore should not get it.  But, you are saying that the kids now have been infected with the soremouth and show symptoms of it currently?  If so, then once those kids have survived the soremouth they too will have an immunity to the virus.  Whenever a goat is brought on the property it is always best to quarantine them for at least 10 days (30 days is best but 10 days usually will show illness).  Hope this answers your questions - if not, please let me know - Donna

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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres

Expertise

All goat health care, nutrition, judging questions about all goats - packgoats, dairy goats, pygmy goats, meat goats, fleece goats.

Experience

27 years health care/nutrition of all types of goats, 17 years experience in packgoats, 20 years experience in 4H goat projects as leader, superintendent and judge. 20 years experience in putting on goat care/nutrition seminars.

Organizations
NAPgA, The Evergreen Packgoat Club, 4H, ADGA.

Publications
Hobby Farm, many newspapers, 4H newsletters, Packgoat Manuals (youth and general), judging information pamphlets, seminar handouts about health care and nutrition.

Education/Credentials
4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

Awards and Honors
Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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