Vaccinating Meat Goats
To select for hardiness we do not vaccinate our goats for anything. Most goats have the ability to develop a natural immunity to all of the diseases we can vaccinate for. I estimate that about twenty percent of full blood Boers do not have this ability. We cull this twenty percent. If we keep vaccinating all goats, eventually all of them will be unable to survive without being vaccinated. We have learned from experience that most kids will scour at some point in time between birth and five months of age. This scouring can be caused by stomach worms, coccidia, or bacteria; but what causes it is not important. If left untreated most kids will recover and become immune to whatever caused their scouring. The ones that don't recover need to be culled. We sell bucks to large commercial meat goat producers who do not vaccinate their goats.