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Re: Goat Health
In Reply to: Re: Goat Health posted by Kay on June 20, 2001 at 20:46:01:
Ditch the pour-on Ivermectin, use it on the cattle. Use the 1% Cattle injectable Ivermectin on her at 2cc per 100 pounds. Sure she wieghs 20 pounds? Than give her a 1/2 cc, but give it to her in the mouth, syringe it out, take the needle off and put it in her mouth. It is absorbed into the mucous membranes of the mouth and goes in the stomach also. The biggest difference between cattle and goats are their metabolisims. Cattle and sheep which are also rumenints assimilate all drugs and wormers much slower than goats, so you dose your goats with nearly everything 2 or 3 times more. And goats are closer to cattle than sheep in minerals and nutrition needs, but actually are more like milking deer, since goats are browsers.
Like Kay, I would also be worried about this doe, since she came to you at 8 weeks, and that is to young to wean. She also needs to be consuming about 1 pound a day of a good quality grain, a good calf starter will work. Hay is very important to the rumen as is browse. It is actually beneficial to run cattle and goats together, not only because it will improve your pasture with them eating the weeds and longer grass, but because the cattle vacume up the worm larve that infect goats, rendering it dead in their system. If you aren't going to fecal sample her at the vet, than put her on a sulfa. The list can help you with dosages as I will be out of town till the weekend. You would be wise to find yourself a local goat mentor, somebody with the kind of quality stock you would like this doeling to grow into. Good luck with your baby! Vicki
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