Genital pathology of feral male goats.
Genitalia from 1000 feral male goats derived from western Queensland and New South Wales were examined after slaughter at an abattoir. Abnormalities were detected in 319 (31.9%) of goats. 117 (11.7%) goats had tunic lesions and 114 (11.4%) had mild focal mineralization of the testes. Ulcerative balanoposthitis, considered due to caprine herpesvirus infection, was observed in 11 animals (1.1%); acidophilic intranuclear inclusions were found in 7 of these. Other conditions included focal hypoplasia of seminiferous tubules in 2 goats (0.2%), segmental aplasia of the epididymis in one (0.1%), bulbourethral gland cysts with contained aggregations (33, 3.3%) and haemangiosarcoma of the bulbourethral gland in one animal. The low prevalence of several conditions such as spermatic granuloma, cryptorchidism, and testicular hypoplasia, was attributed largely to the fact that the goats examined were horned so that the recognised association between genital abnormalities and polledness did not apply.