Caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE) is, I understand, quite a rare disease in goats in the UK. However it is a notifiable condition and goatkeepers are recommended to have their animals tested each year. The vet arrived yesterday afternoon to collect blood samples from each of our three animals. This was a job which turned out to be easier than I expected. The samples will be sent off to be tested.
One reason for doing this now is that I want to get the goats mated this winter and other goatkeepers will want to know that they are clear of the disease when their billies have their brief encounters with our nannies.