You know I love living in the south especially in Georgia. I have lots of goat friends..let me rephrase that…friends with goats..lol. You know everyone of your friends is like “I hate the summer, I am a cold weather person” or “I hate the winter, I would much rather for it to be hot.” WELL..not me, it would be just fine with me if we remained year long at a temperature between oh 55 and 80, yep I would be just fine with that other than the fact that the skeeters and flies would be out of control.
My point is this, if you are hot how do you think your goats feel? I realize they are livestock but surely in the HOT, dog days of summer you are doing your level best to make sure they survive the heat. If you have been in the south or pretty much anywhere thanks to El Nino, Nuno, or whoever pushes that stuff in our direction, you have heat and humidity. Along with that wonderful humidity comes afternoon showers which basically make you feel like you are living in a sauna afterward.
Well, we may not like it and the goats may not like it but guess who does? That’s right, worms especially those notorious Barber pole worms. Yes, the grass quits growing from lack of rain, and then when the rain comes the barber pole larvae pop up out of the ground and up the grass blade they go, right into your goats stomach. They can slither (not the right word, but very appropriate) up to 4 inches from the ground.
So even if you have checked all your goats you had better check them again and again and again. Barber pole worm is nothing to take lightly, trust me I should know. In one year, I lost 5 bucks and 2 does to barber pole, even though I had been treating them and checking eye lids frequently. This is a problem that can have devastating effects on your herd.
I just read an article that reaffirmed what my Vet (who DOES know goats) had just told me. I am now using multiple classes of dewormers at the same time with great results. Should you do it? I don’t know, but if you are having resistance issues you may need to utilize this method. Check it out with your veterinarian, better yet have them send in a parasitology study on your herd. That study will tell you specifically what worms you have and what if any drugs they are resistant too and what drugs will kill them. It is worth a shot if you are having worm issues. The cost runs around $220, depending on your veterinarian and lab they use. It sure is cheaper than losing that $1000 goat.
If you are on facebook, like our club page GDGBA. I try and post lots of informative articles on there. If not join our club and you will recieve our newsletter packed full of good and useful information. Plus, you get to have a wonderful group of dairy goat owners willing to help out!!!