Parasites in Goats

Do you keep goats? Pets or sales?

The barber pole worm (haemonchus contortus) is one of the most important causes for loss of production in these ruminants.

In order to minimize worm resistance, it is essential to develop alternative ways of managing parasite infections. Research suggests that strategies which do not rely heavily on chemical treatment of entire flocks or herds are a better approach. One possibility is the use of clinical anaemia as a determinant. Animals can then be dewormed base on those findings. Such anemia scoring is referred to as the FAMACHA chart. 

FAMACHA Card
Scoring to all you assess your animals for anemia.

Additional methods would include running fecal samples on a regular basis. This will allow you to have a better appreciation of the types of parasites affecting your herd.

It is important to consult a veterinarian with proper herd health concerns. If you do not have a veterinarian it is advisable to look into getting one. Yes, you can get your vaccinations and deworming products from the local feed stores. But you can often get them at an even better price from your veterinarian.