Goats

APHA have produced an advice and guidance leaflet as an introduction to TB for owners of domestic goats. It explains what TB is, why and how they test for it and what happens if TB is detected in goats.

> Click here for APHA guidance on Tuberculosis in Goats in England and Scotland

In England, compensation for goats which are compulsory slaughtered as TB reactors or TB affected animals is:

  • £80 for animals 1 year old or younger
  • £160 for a non-breeding animal over 1 year old
  • £250 for a breeding female, over 1 year old
  • £350 for a stud male, over 1 year old

Click here for the Tuberculosis (Non-bovine animals) Slaughter and Compensation (England) Order 2017

For all species, if you get approval from APHA you can choose to slaughter your animals at your own expense and keep any salvage value.

As for sheep, there is a risk of transmission to humans if unpasteurised milk or dairy products made from unpasteurised milk from TB infected goats are consumed. There is no active surveillance for TB in goats; cases are usually identified at post slaughter inspection or at post-mortem in a veterinary laboratory.

The lungs and respiratory lymph nodes are most frequently affected. Lung lesions are usually white or cream and contain white or cream semi-liquid pus.

Post-mortem images of goats (images include graphic content):

 

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Caseous lesion of the dorsal lung of a goat (image source: APHA).

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Calcified lesion of the bronchial lymph node of a goat (image source: APHA).

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Calcified lesion of the caudal mediastinal lymph node of a goat (image source: APHA).