Goats (England): Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock (PB9733 & PB0081)

Artificial Rearing

38. Artificial rearing can give rise to problems and, to be successful, requires close attention to detail and high standards of supervision and stockmanship. Particular attention should be paid to cleanliness and hygiene.

39. Young kids should always have access to milk substitutes or be fed at least 2 or 3 times each day. Milk from other dams could constitute a disease risk. Fresh fibrous food should be available from 1 to 2 weeks of age.

40. Some form of safe supplementary heating, particularly in the early days of life, may be necessary.

41. A dry bedded lying area and adequate ventilation should be provided at all times.

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