Managing parasites in goats often loses effectiveness over time. Lisa Seger shares how to keep worm treatments effective with these three valuable tools:
- FAMACHA scoring,
- fecal flotations/eggs counts, and
- body condition scoring.
Used alone, any one of these markers is inadequate for gauging parasites. Used together, however, they provide the best picture of what you are dealing with and how/whether to treat it.
Source: Hobby Farms, October 9, 2017.
A sustainable program finds a balance of actively working to keep a herd healthy, while avoiding practices that promote resistance to chemical wormers. Resistance is built every single time an animal is treated for parasites. Knowing when to treat and when not to is key to finding a healthy balance.
INSIGHTS: The worst thing you can do is to set and adhere to a regular schedule of worming your goats.