CAE Accreditation Scheme

1.         PREAMBLE
1.1       Caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE) is a viral infection of goats which may lead to chronic disease of the joints and on rare occasions, encephalitis in goat kids less than six months of age.

2          OBJECTIVES
2.1       To rid the New Zealand national dairy goat herd of the debilitating disease Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis.

3.         PROCEDURES
3.1       Applicants must be members of the New Zealand Dairy Goat Breeders Association

3.2       All goats on a property over 1 year of age must be tested annually for 3 years, then after three clear accreditation tests, triennially.

3.3       Application must be made on the official form by the owner or lessee of the goat herd, supplying a list of all goats, 1 year old and over, by name and tattoo/microchip

3.4       Applicant must indicate whether they require blood samples to be taken by        someone other than AsureQuality.

3.5       Blood samples will be sent to Gribbles Veterinary Pathology for testing using     screening test by Elisa test method AHLPH-TM-SERO-3, Section 11.

3.6       Results will be sent to the NZDGBA     portfolio manager and to the      owner/manager on payment of the invoice from NZDGBA.

3.7       Any goats with a positive test result must be quarantined or destroyed.  The herd is considered to be compromised and will require CAE test monitoring on an annual basis (as set out in section 3.2 above). 

3.8       Accredited herds must be kept within a secure perimeter fence and guarded against contact with non-accredited, untested or infected goats.

3.9       Applicant must ensure that no goat milk (raw or unpasteurized) from a non accredited source is fed to their kid/goats.

4.         OTHER

4.1       By participating in the CAE Accreditation Scheme, members agree to abide by requirements set down by NZDGBA, including allowing their accreditation to be published in the Dairy Goat News.

4.2      NZDGBA maintains a database of accredited herds and information can be made available, with written permission from the herd owner.  A fee maybe charged for this service.

4.3      It is highly unethical to sell, release into the wild or dispose of CAE reactors by any means other than slaughter.


5.1       In the event of any question arising as to the administration, operation or interpretation of the policies and procedures, the NZDGBA Council shall consider the matter and its decision shall be final.