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It seems to me that producers are doing a good job with controlling parasite problems this year 2016.  But am leaving these pages up for people who are just getting into the business.

Don’t let the parasites rob you of your profits. Feed hay in bunks as well as feed- feeding on the ground increases the chance of parasite reinfestation.  Do a worm treatment- 3 times in 30-45 days this winter and get your animals clean before the spring grass hits.

Why are parasites bad in wet weather?  The parasite eggs are in the droppings.  They hatch and crawl up onto the grass to be eaten and reinfest the animals.  If you worm today your goats are clean today.  They eat the grass that has the larvae and those larvae grow into mature worms in 15 days and lay more eggs.  My thinking was if you have a severe infestatin you should worm at least every 10- 15 days to try to break the cycle. That suggestion of worming every week may be a way to stop the cycle or at least slow it down.  Dry weather kills the larvae on the ground so that is why in dry weather we don’t have the problems. Information below on what some places are recommending.  We didn’t see many sick or wormy goats or sheep last summer so apparently everyone here is watching the herd carefully.  Don’t let them get ahead of you in wet weather.

I hope this information helps and if you are having problems contact us and maybe we can put you in contact with someone who can help you.  Don’t let parasites get ahead of you and rob you of your profits. The following is from Langston U pages.

https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/viewhtml.php?id=215

http://www.beginningfarmers.org/goat-farming/

Summer 2015: From the Hamilton Market Report** The parasites will be bad this year due to the wet weather. Be  sure to deworm your animals! Prohibit works well on sheep & goats.  Give them 10cc 3 days in a row. (Note: Shake well before  administering!)

There is absolutely NO DEMAND for sick  or wormy animals! They will NOT bring very much money if they are sold in this condition.

Wayne said last year someone told him that they were told to give Cydectin he understood 5-10 cc depending on size- 3 weeks in a row but if you are not sure ask your Vet, Wayne doesn’t always hear well.  We use Cydectin but have used Prohibit but we felt that Vit B should be given with Prohibit so that goats don’t exhibit polio symptoms. We are not a veterinarian so check with your Vet or contact Langston Goat Farm for the latest recommendation. If they get the scours, have a cough, or just look listless, check for parasites.  Below is some information on Valley Vet pages.  I had heard that Valbazen was not to be used on pregnant does but they say it can in the last 2-4 weeks.  I always thought it caused abortions if used on pregnant does so don’t use it early in their pregnancy.

Suggested Goat Worming Schedule from Valley Vet Supply 2015

Kids are very susceptible to internal parasites, including  tapeworms. Kids should be wormed by 8 weeks of age, and again every 4-8  weeks until a year of age. Signs such as paleness of the gums or lower  eyelids, diarrhea, rough hair coat, or poor growth may indicate anemia  and can be cause for alarm. Commonly used oral wormers include Safe-Guard, Ivomec and Cydectin. Tapeworms require using a dewormer such as Valbazen. Does should be wormed 2-4 weeks before kidding to reduce the passage of parasites to the kids. Only Safe Guard and Rumatel are approved for use in lactating animals.

Does and bucks should be wormed approximately 4-6 times per year.  Check adults frequently for signs of parasites, especially during warm,  moist times of the year, and worm accordingly. A strict pasture rotation also helps reduce parasite exposure. Commonly used oral wormers includeSafe-Guard, Ivomec and Cydectin. Tapeworms require using a dewormer such as Valbazen.

It is important not to under-dose when administering wormers, because over time this will create a resistance to the wormer causing it to become ineffective against parasites. Some success has been seen  when administering Safe-Guard every two-weeks for a total of 4 doses.

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