Originally Posted by DakotaLuv
Have your goats been tested for CAE? I have been raising AGS & ADGA goats for 8 years now and mine rarely graze on their knees, but mine are CAE and CL negative. While nursing, yes because it's easier to reach moms udder, but just grazing like in a pasture, most goats never eat graze like that unless their is an issue. Now yes, mine do occasionally eat like that when they are surrounding a hay bale, but grazing no, and they don't do it often and shouldn't.
That's a good point, and one that never occured to me. I had LaManchas, out of the Chalet line which were some of the best producers ever bred but also a bloodline absolutely rife with CAE. I only had two does I knew were CAE positive, but I took extreme measures (all babies were bottlefed pasturised milk, even heat treated colostrum) to prevent the spread to my uninfected does, and both groups, who were separated, both often grazed on their knees, particularly in new spring grass.