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WYOMING This buck, imported from the Dominican Republic, was with the goat herd at the orphanage.

HAITI, continued from Page 19 ing their kids and for each kidding, there would be a ring visible due to arrested horn growth. A similar thing can occur to a cow’s hooves when they fall ill.

This was an interesting turn of events for me. I had come to Haiti to teach my knowledge of goats to others but had found myself the student.

The fourth and fifth days of our trip were spent at the Lady of Perpetual Help Or- phanage. The pre-meds, pre-PA’s and nursing students were doing health checks on the children and faculty of the orphanage. I, of course, made a beeline to the goats. Their goats were kept in a large pen. Part was made by the stone barrier that sur- rounded the orphanage, the other part was made of wood and wire. Most of the goats looked like the other goats in Haiti but they were noticeably healthier and well fed. Haitian goats appear much like what we call Spanish goats, except they are gen- erally smaller and seem to have a heavier dairy influence. It looked to me like they are their own breed.

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I told our translator that I wondered if it might be beneficial to bring in a heavier muscled goat breed to increase the carcass size of Haitian goats. He said that several years before, Boer goats had been brought to Haiti and all the kids from those does died within a few months of birth. I was learning that working with Haitian stock would be more complicated than just introducing mus- cular animals, doing fecals or aging goats. At the orphanage, I got to work with the veterinarian that visited monthly to treat and check their animals. While attempting to ob- tain feces for a fecal float, I found a newly born goat kid. She was several hours old, al- ready up and walking around. I brought the veterinarian over and asked if he would treat her navel with anything.

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He picked the kid up and showed me her navel — it was already dried up. He told me that their navels were only treated if they were found wet. He put the kid down, and that was that. We did not treat her navel, we did not stay to see if the kid got colostrum, she was not taken to a barn. We just left her in her mother’s care.

I asked what kind of vaccinations he gave the goats. He told me that the goats and cows only received one vaccine. Due to dif- ficulties in translation, I cannot be certain what vaccine they receive. The best trans- lation we could come up with was that they were given a vaccination for Q-fever. This contrasts with the practices in the United States, where many of our goats are treated with at least a CD/T vaccination and most cattle are vaccinated for several pathogens.

I was never able to touch any of the other goats at the orphanage. They were range goats and very wild (more like com- mercial goats in the U.S.). I was not able to run a fecal float due to our microscope get- ting jostled in the truck. In addition, I could not even talk to anyone about breeding plans for the goats, as the man in charge of them spoke no English and we were only able to borrow a translator from the medical staff for so long.

On the surface it may seem that my trip to Haiti was a failure. However, it was not. This trip changed me. I left a part of myself in Haiti with its people and with their goats. Although I may not have been able to change the lives of any animals in Haiti, they changed my life and they taught me about how differences in climate influence the types of goats that can thrive. And I know, someday, I will be back — this time with more knowledge on how to best help the goats of Haiti. n

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