Friday, March 8, 2024

A Farewell to Kelley


Polioencephalomalacia, or PEM, is a neurological disease common in goats, sheep, and other ruminants. The disease leads to cerebral disfunction and can produce symptoms such as blindness, incoordination, seizures, and many more. It is commonly linked to dietary changes or nutritional deficiencies, but can also be brought on by a number of other conditions - many of which are not well understood. 

The onset of PEM can be swift and unexpected, with severity often progressing over the course of two days - sometimes moving through all the stages within only a few hours. The primary treatment method involves the prompt administration of thiamine, or vitamin B, with recovery of the ability to stand taking up to 5 days and full recovery taking 2-3 weeks.

Unfortunately, symptoms can be difficult to detect, and their fast progression often means that detection is too late. Just this morning, we found one of our goats, Kelley, uncomfortable and in distress. By the time the veterinarian arrived to take a look at her, her symptoms had progressed beyond a recoverable point and she passed shortly. Our hearts go out to Kelley and all goats that experience PEM, and we will remember her fondly.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Generous donation from ENT

This morning the Edwards Foundation received a very generous check from the ENT Credit Union presented in person by the bank manager Christian and his assistant Jordan.

Not only did Christian and Jordan bring in a donation, they stayed and shoveled sh!t.


The Suri llama her name is Roo, came around to get a special treat from Christian.

These farm hands fit right in! They look like these famous farmers! 

All of our animals here at the Edwards Foundation appreciate their help and the donations a lot!