Timing, nature, extent and impact of diseases on dairy goat health and production in Australia

Summary

This project will monitor the incidence, timing, impact and nature of diseases in Australian dairy goat farms: this will be correlated with the changes in environmental and climatic conditions to generate models and predict future trends.

Supervisor(s)

Dr Pietro Celi

Research Location

Faculty of Veterinary Science

Program Type

Masters/PHD

Synopsis

The dairy goat industry in Australia is rapidly changing as a consequence of the increased popularity of goat cheeses and the unprecedented demand for goat's milk. The dairy goat industry is predominantly pasture based and is therefore confined to the high rainfall, agricultural areas of the country. While this offers cost of production advantages, it represents a potential threat to the industry as it increases the susceptibility of goats to intestinal parasites and footrot. Diseases like internal parasites, mycoplasmosis, clostridial diseases, CAE, CLA and Salmonellosis are known to affect goats however the impact of these or other conditions has not been qualified or quantified in the Australian dairy goat industry. The intensification of the dairy goat industry coupled with climate change (floods and drought) might result in an increased incidence of these conditions. This project will monitor the incidence, timing, impact and nature of diseases in Australian dairy goat farms: this will be correlated with the changes in environmental and climatic conditions to generate models and predict future trends. This project will focus on epidemiological studies on dairy goat diseases and how different regional/state environmental conditions, husbandry calendar of events and management techniques influence the incidence, prevalence, susceptibility and impact of diseases of different dairy goat breeds. Particular attention will be given to the increased parasite infection risks due to global changes, in particular climate change, which poses new challenges to traditional methods of dairy goat husbandry and the need for new solutions to ensure sustainable livestock production in future years.

Additional Information

This project is supported by the Dairy Goat Society of Australia (DGSA) Research Foundation.  

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Keywords

Australian dairy goats, goats, dairy goat health, diseases of dairy goats

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1659

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