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For ticks-  Recommendations I find are use Ivomec drench as directed or use CyLence applied on the back with a syringe at 1 ml per 25# weight.  Or get guineas to put in your pasture- They eat ticks but dogs and coyotes eat guineas so unless you have a small controlled area that isn’t going to help much.

If it’s wet- watch for parasite problems!

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 re-infestation.  Do a worm treatment- 3 times in 30 days this summer. These intermittent rains can give problems and let parasites hit hard.

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. A sickly wormy goat won’t bring much. Don’t let parasites get ahead of you and rob you of your profits. The following is from Langston U pages.

Signs of parasites--Loss of condition-hair scruffy. not slick and shiny, scours, diarrhea, cough- like trying to cough up something, bottle jaw(pouch under jaw on neck), pale eyelids, gums, tail hangs down, not perky.

A couple web sites on goats- reference material- there are many more- just search goat or goat problems.



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.

Prohibit (hog wormer) works well but I’d give Vitamin B complex to help avoid polio symptoms.  (KR note)

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. Also with scours watch for coccodiosis.

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 include Safe-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.

If you raise chickens with goats watch for coccidiosis. There is on line suggestions.

Overfeeding in bottle babies-- Floppy kid syndrome use 1/2-1 tsp baking soda in water and feed with bottle or tube feed a little.  If a goat won’t get up in it’s hind quarters it’s probably polio.  Give Vit b to clear this up.


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