Click Here I wandered around the goat pens till I collected 16 individual samples of Fresh goat berries!!
My last chemical worming was on July 19th. I also gave Copper Boluses the end of September.The unbred does and boys got a dose of Cydectin Injectable last week and its working according to the fecals. A follow up will be done 10-14 days from the first dose. However the wethers who are separate showed Tapeworm eggs. I had noticed 2 of them looking slightly potbellied. Cydectin will not kill Tapes. I don't have anything Chemical on hand right now for it. It will have to wait till I can get to town. Its not life and death and will be okay for a day or 2.
Copper is suppose to help with stomach worms especially. I didn't have anything real serious on the other slides except pin worms or Thread worm eggs and very few Barber pole eggs. But there was a bunch on certain goats. The ones who had been wormed had under 20 eggs some only 4-5.. I had 3 that had an egg count over 50 but they had not been wormed yet and 2 of them are my hard keepers. 2 who hadn't been wormed only had about 25 still needing wormed but not out of control..
So this is what I have done so far.. All the pregnant does got a shot of Normectin(Ivomec Knock off) at the rate of 1cc per 50lbs... Then I give everyone a drench of 1 tablespoon of Black Walnut hulls and leaf power in a little molasses and water. They loved that!(Being VERY Sarcastic) Then I added tea to their water which consist of Molasses, 1/2 cup of Fennel,1 cup each of Dandelion and Comfrey to 2 gallons of water. Then I added that to their water tub which is about 50 gallons.. They like it! In the wethers who showed tapes I added the black walnut to their water too. They are drinking it right up which I was surprised.. There will be a second dose of Cydectin and Normectin in 10-14 days from the 1t and then 10-14 days after that I will do another fecal to see how things look.
But Phosphorus and Potassium were in excess. Magnesium was the only thing sort of low.. It was on the low side of high... Iron, Copper and Sulfur were all high and this could be why I am dealing with a copper deficiency as Iron and Sulfur bind Copper and make it to where the goats cant use it... No need for any time of fertilizing which I wasn't going to use chemicals anyway. Till we moved here last year only a few cows had grazed some of it occasionally. Soils, Plant Nutrition and Nutrient Management This link helped explain it a little more..
My plans to begin with I was going to plant some sericea lespedza(sp?) out there along with red clover but other than that I like what was growing which was a massive tangle of weeds grass and small trees. But of course the goats cleared off alot.. But I hope with putting in the rotational grazing it will encourage some of that to come back.. I am also going to continue with a mineral high in copper for the goats along with a 12.5g bolus of Copper Oxide needles every 4-6 months for them.. Despite the rock under and in our dirt its not to bad here! That was worth the $20 to me...
One more thing.. I was reading a friend's blog today and I have to share the link.. The Human Shield