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Dairy Goat Webinar Series: Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis
Ohio Ag Connection - 05/19/2022

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy team will continue its quarterly dairy goat webinar series June 14, with a look at Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis, also known as CAE.

The webinar will be led by Paul Plummer, veterinarian with the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University and executive director of the National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education.

CAE is a viral disease of goats that is very closely related to Ovine Progressive Pneumonia of sheep and HIV of humans. In goats, there are two predominant presentations. The most common is an arthritic form in adult goats. The second presentation is an encephalitic (neurologic disease) of young kids and is much less common than the arthritic form.

Plummer will discuss management practices that can help prevent the spread of CAE.

On Sept. 13, the final webinar in the series will cover subclinical mastitis at dry off. Sublinical mastitis can be a bottle neck in the push to improve milk quality in dairy goat herds. Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine is working to determine meat and milk withdrawal times in dairy goats for two intramammary antibiotic treatments commonly used to mitigate this issue in dairy cattle in order to give producers safer tools to provide top quality goat milk products to consumers.

Pat Gorden and Michelle Buckley, veterinarians with Iowa State's College of Veterinary Medicine, will present this research information.

Both webinars are from noon to 1:15 p.m. There is no fee to attend either webinar; however, registration is required.

Register in advance at or contact Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, at or 563-382-2949.

Registrants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Information will also be provided about future webinars, as dates and topics are announced.

This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agricultural and Food Research Initiative Competitive Program, Antimicrobial Resistance number: 2020-041

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