Degree Type

Creative Component

Semester of Graduation

Summer 2021

Department

Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine

First Major Professor

Paul Plummer

Degree(s)

Master of Science (MS)

Major(s)

Veterinary Preventive Medicine

Abstract

The demand for dairy goat products like cheese, fluid milk, ice cream, and keifer has increased in the last decade. There has been an increase in number of producers raising goats with little prior goat experience as well as investment of large cheese processors into the market (Saputo, Emmi, and Feihe). Notably, national herd sizes are growing. In 2020, the total number of goats in the US was 2.66 million which included 440,000 dairy goats. Canada had a 79% increase in goat numbers from 2001 to 2016. Despite this growth, a very limited number of evidence-based resources are available for North American producers to educate themselves on dairy goat wellbeing. The goals of this project was to provide the dairy goat industry with education and training materials on dairy goat wellbeing. Four topics were prioritized based on their importance to the industry including disbudding, euthanasia, hoof trimming, and transportation.

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Lindquist, Taylor

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7-22-2021

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