Posted by Vicki McGaugh on June 24, 2000 at 11:17:59:
In Reply to: need help with worms??? posted by cathy bowman on June 24, 2000 at 09:51:31:
Cathy, I am north of Houston, you do indeed have to keep on top of your management this time of year, especially with the introduction of kids into the pens, the adults will become more and more resistent to cocci (do you have cocci or Ecoli) and worms, while it takes the kids longer to get this resistence and you have to help them out by worming more aggressively and having a cocci drug in the feed. Sheep pellets in our area are usually animal by product based protein. Which means that if your buying a 17% protein feed, the asimilated protein if most of the protein comes from fish and feather meal, could be as low as 12 or 13%. Not alot of quality for you $$'s. Also sheep feeds to not contain the right amount of copper, so you will need to be using a LOOSE cattle mineral out also. Mineral Blocks are an alternative only if you do not have a covered place in which to pour in loose minerals. Takes an awful lot of licking to lick a mineral block down, most goats will chew at it, better to use the loose. Once a goat has had worms bad enough to show signs, bottle jaw, diarrhea or wormy hair coat, it will take them a long time to get back into shape. They are anemic from blood loss and the diarrhea from cocci, if severe can cause scarring to the lining of the intestine making it impossible for them to absorb enough nutrients to grow. In fact in our herd (Nubains) if a kid has had diarrhea for more than 3 days and is not responding to normal treatment, or has any blood or tissue in this stool, it is euthinized. It will never be able to grow to its potential. You can privately E-mail me if you want to firstname.lastname@example.org
would love to help you with your feeding, worming and cocci management. In our area waiting for signs of worm burden is called salvage treatment. Not recommended. We do strategic worming on our kids, but we fecal sample our adults and worm when burdens hit certain levels. Curatrem is just a flukeaside, and you can get the same fluke with Valbazen. Their is a coctail to give with heavy worm burdens with Fenbendazole and Levisole that can give you a 99% kill, but we still are able to achieve this with the use of oral Ivermectin. Vicki
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