Dairy Goat Wellbeing Modules for Dairy Goat Producers

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2021-01-01
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Lindquist, Taylor
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Paul Plummer
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Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine
The mission of VDPAM is to educate current and future food animal veterinarians, population medicine scientists and stakeholders by increasing our understanding of issues that impact the health, productivity and well-being of food and fiber producing animals; developing innovative solutions for animal health and food safety; and providing the highest quality, most comprehensive clinical practice and diagnostic services. Our department is made up of highly trained specialists who span a wide range of veterinary disciplines and species interests. We have faculty of all ranks with expertise in diagnostics, medicine, surgery, pathology, microbiology, epidemiology, public health, and production medicine. Most have earned certification from specialty boards. Dozens of additional scientists and laboratory technicians support the research and service components of our department.
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The demand for dairy goat products like cheese, fluid milk, ice cream, and keifer has increased in the last decade. There has been an increase in number of producers raising goats with little prior goat experience as well as investment of large cheese processors into the market (Saputo, Emmi, and Feihe). Notably, national herd sizes are growing. In 2020, the total number of goats in the US was 2.66 million which included 440,000 dairy goats. Canada had a 79% increase in goat numbers from 2001 to 2016. Despite this growth, a very limited number of evidence-based resources are available for North American producers to educate themselves on dairy goat wellbeing. The goals of this project was to provide the dairy goat industry with education and training materials on dairy goat wellbeing. Four topics were prioritized based on their importance to the industry including disbudding, euthanasia, hoof trimming, and transportation.

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