Disease testing info: Since 2005, we have tested consistently for CL, CAE, and Johne's diseases. All goats have always been negative for CL and CAE. Prior to 2020, all goats had always been negative for Johne's disease. In 2020 several goats tested positive for Johne's. They were immediately culled. In February of 2021, all goats tested negative for Johne's (fecal testing).
Going forward, we will sell no goats for pets, breeding, or showing until we've had at least several years of completely negative test results. And while we're ridding our property of Johne's, we will continue to work to improve our goats.
A few thoughts about our Johne's experience:
1. None of our current goats is responsible for Johne's being here. Don't draw incorrect conclusions about their breeders.
2. Once you're open and honest about having a disease in your herd, people come out of the woodwork to tell you about their experience with the same situation.
3. Many breeders choose to liquidate their herds or lie when they discover they're dealing with a disease. That's not the route we've chosen to take.
4. Some of our goats may be infected. But many are not. When we come out on the other side of this, our remaining goats will be of even higher quality than they are now. Watch for them!