How Often Do I Worm My Goats?

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Goats need to be wormed often in warm, humid areas and less frequently in cooler, dryer areas of the country. De-worm goats with both clear and white de-wormers to successfully rid goats of pests with tips from a livestock consultant in this free video on goat care.

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Tom Boyer at Chalk Creek Boers, talking about de-worming goats. Your de-worming program will depend largely upon where you live in the United States. If you're in a wet area, warm, humid, lots of moisture such as the southern and southeast parts of the United States, you'll have to worm regularly. And it's becoming a major problem, because the de-wormers are not working as effectively due to worm resistance that's building up. Here in the west and up in the northern parts northwest, even up into the northeast, we have to de-worm a lot less. And so the problems aren't quite as big as they are in other parts of the country. There again, the issues are what kind of de-wormer do I use, and there are a variety of products that are available. And those generally fit into two categories. One is the clear wormer, which it usually has a ivermectin base, or those kinds of products associated with it. The others are the white de-wormers which are related to valvazin or those kind of products. All of those are effective and you need to work with your veterinarian to determine based on fecal counts when your goats specifically need those products in order to maximize the effectiveness the wormer and control cost.

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