Preventing Toxoplasmosis in Your Goats
What is Toxoplasmosis?
Toxoplasmosis is a disease that causes abortion in sheep and goats. Cats are the main carriers of this protozoan known as Toxoplasma gondii. Cats, pass the oocysts in their feces when they eat infected rodents, raw meat, or placentas of toxoplasmosis-infected animals.
Effects of Toxoplasmosis
Goats become infected with the parasite after ingesting hay or grain that has been contaminated with cat feces.
Infection can result in: Abortion, Stillbirths, Birth defects & weak Kids
How to Prevent Toxoplasmosis
- Bagged Feeds & Storage Containers– The best practice to preventing this deadly parasite is to cover all hay and grain.
- Cleanliness– remove deceased animals & feces from around the barn, pens