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Gunestone

  • Joined Jan 2017
Transporting Goats
« on: February 06, 2019, 07:44:49 pm »
Another question: Would it be better to transport pregnant goats in a trailer, or in the back of our van? Which would cause them the least stress?
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Penninehillbilly

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • West Yorks
Re: Transporting Goats
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2019, 07:52:43 pm »
How near kidding?
I always transport goats in the van, but we have a side door (Berlingo van), it's a bit lower and easier for them. Maybe stack a couple of pallets, solid top, to ease access and exit?
Nice to keep an eye on them and its warmer for them as well.

Gunestone

  • Joined Jan 2017
Re: Transporting Goats
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2019, 05:26:15 pm »
Yes, maybe I'll try and make a ramp for them. They will be approx 3 months in kid.

Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Transporting Goats
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2019, 05:49:15 pm »
Should be fine in the back of the van, but I would get them asap. Just so that they have time to settle in their new surroundings before kidding.

Scarlet.Dragon

  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Transporting Goats
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2019, 06:43:12 pm »
At 3 months there should be no problem transporting them providing you're not hurling it round corners and standing on the throttle or brakes to get them knocked about!  As for a ramp, they'll be fine to jump in at that stage too... mine were still clearing 4 and 5 foot fences a few days before dropping the kids!  Main thing to watch for post transportation is pasturella pneumonia which can come on very quickly as a result of transport stress (and being in a new place with a new routine and people) and can be fatal if not treated quickly.  Check if they've been vaccinated and keep an eye on them in the early days - it's a good time to get all the health tests done while they're in quarantine and you can keep a close eye on them anyway.  Good luck, I'm sure you'll be fine and will enjoy them massively when they arrive!
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Penninehillbilly

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • West Yorks
Re: Transporting Goats
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2019, 02:07:51 pm »
Also be aware they do tend to pee when you stop, so make sure you have something waterproof under the bedding (but not slippy for them)

Gunestone

  • Joined Jan 2017
Re: Transporting Goats
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2019, 05:33:56 pm »
Brilliant thanks, will be taking them in the van.

Scarlet.Dragon

  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Transporting Goats
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2019, 09:08:50 pm »
A good option is to plastic sheet the van with the stuff you can get to cover carpets if you're having a party - use several layers to ensure a good seal.  Then put old quilts, blankets or towels over the top to soak up liquid mess and protect the plastic from puncture.
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