Sheep and goats present unique challenges to veterinarians interested in quality milk production. Production of milk from these species, particularly goats, is growing across the US and backyard dairies are a common sight. This talk looks at the unique aspects of small ruminant milk and milk production, lactation cycles, interpreting somatic cell counts, milk quality and mastitis.
Recognize sheep and goat breeds associated with milk production
Recognize the unique nature of sheep and goat milk components
Describe the small ruminant lactation cycle
Differentiate organisms responsible for subclinical and clinical mastitis
Develop treatment strategies for mastitis in sheep and goats