IGA Country Representative for Canada
Jackie has been the IGA Country Representative for Canada since shortly after attending the International Conference on Goats (ICG) in Mexico in 2008. Jackie lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada.
Jackie has been involved with goat keeping in Canada since 1979. Over the years, she has raised dairy goats for the most part. Alpines were her main and favorite breed, although she also has had Saanens, Toggenburgs, and Nubians. Jackie also raised Boer cross goats for meat, Angora and Cashmere goats for fiber, and a few miniatures just for fun. Jackie retired from raising goats in 2012 but have remained active in the industry. Since 1979, she has served as a director, president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer on several occasions for one Canadian goat organization or another. Jackie has also organized several conferences and seminars, and many shows. She was both a dairy goat and a meat goat judge and have shown her own dairy goats as well.
Written by Susan Schoenian, IGA member, and Sheep & Goat Specialist, University of Maryland Co-operative Extension
There are many diseases for which sheep and goats can be vaccinated, but there is only one universally-recommended vaccine, and it is for the clostridial diseases that commonly affect small ruminants.
Clostridial diseases are fatal diseases that strike ruminant livestock suddenly, often causing death before any clinical signs are seen. Clostridia (bacteria) are widespread in the environment. They are normally found in the soil and feces. They are also present in the digestive tract and tissues of healthy animals. For these reasons, vaccination is the best way to prevent disease outbreaks.
Two clostridial vaccines are commonly used in sheep and goats: a 3-way vaccine called CDT; and an 8-way vaccine. CDT protects healthy sheep and goats against clostridium perfringens type C and D (overeating disease) and clostridium tetani (tetanus). The 8-way vaccine protects against these same diseases, plus several additional clostridial diseases, including blackleg. The 3-way vaccine is probably all that’s needed on most sheep and goat farms.
Special thanks to GoatKeeper for this report.
Producers from around the province came together in Camrose, Alberta, September 27, 28, and 29, to celebrate their involvement in Alberta's goat industry. The event kicked off with a BBQ and social Friday night, and although the weather was nippy it, didn't dampen producers' spirits as everyone enjoyed the food, catching up with their fellow producers and making new friends.
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