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Goats and goat health in Sweden

Sweden has an estimated population of 20 000 goats, of which approximately 3 000 are dairy goats in just over 100 commercial dairy farms. The main product of the dairy goat is artisan cheese.

Getter sedda bakifrån äter på en lång rad i ett stall.
Cheese is the main product from Swedish dairy goats. Photo: Ylva Persson/SVA

Important diseases in the dairy goat

Mastitis is therefore one of the most important diseases in the dairy goat. Subclinical mastitis is rather common, coagulase negative staphylococci being the most common pathogens. Nevertheless, compared to many other countries, Swedish goats have a good general udder health with low somatic cell counts. 

Additional infectious diseases

Clostridiosis, listeriosis, mycoplasmosis, orf and pseudotuberculosis are additional infectious diseases present in Swedish goat herds. Although infectious, clostridiosis and listeriosis have mainly a dietary origin. Furthermore, endo- and ectoparasites are of concern for goat owners in Sweden. Scrapie and CAE are supervised in national control and surveillance programs.

Swedish goats are free from scrapie, paratuberculosis, bluetongue and many other emerging diseases.

Last updated : 2022-03-22