I would like to try to add some clarity to all the recent mentions of taking the temperature of a goat while trying to diagnose illness. Ruminants do not have a static body temperature like humans do. Normal goat temperature is a wide ranging 101 to 104. A perfectly healthy animal will change body temperature with the ambient air temperature -their level of exercise and most importantly -the process of digestion. Most changes in body temp are a result of processing energy from rumination. Extreme excitement can raise temps markedly and rapidly. I just took the temperature of my healthy black doe resting in the sun while cudding and it was 103.8. I am sure some of the lighter colored does and more active youngsters had different readings. So it is important to keep in mind that while a SUSTAINED abnormal temperature either high or low will indicate illness-random sampling under varying conditions will result in varying temperatures and do not indicate illness.