Saturday, December 4, 2010
A Little More On The Barber Pole And Goats.....
If they have more browse and less graze they will do better. Feed hay and grain up off the ground. Its better to pick feed pans up after eating I fail big time at that!! Browse/Graze with Tannin Sources in it will help a lot. Some things that have tannins in it are Blackberries, Sericea Lespedza, Black Walnut, and Persimmon are examples of tannin containing plants.. There are many more but goats also need other things to eat but a good selection of these types of plants help.. Its like anything else Moderation is the key! A not eon the Sericea Lespedza its illegal to plant in some places because it is an invasive. But they are finding it is good grazing! We have it here in our pasture if the goats didn't eat it all. There was a rather large patch of it that I would like to fence off for next year. If I can find Lespedza hay its a GREAT hay to feed!
D.E or Diatomaceous Earth has been said to be a natural wormer.. I have used it However Its takes 5% of the goats feed in weight per day.. That's a lot they need to eat and I have only been able to get a small amount down.. But it does work for coating the floors and area around the water tubs to help keep flies and other pest down.. Also works for some Chicken pest problems.
Another thing that some people use is Basic H from Shaklee Products... I haven't used it enough to know.. Would like to try it more..
I also have only tried one herbal wormer from a company. It was next to impossible to get it down my goats..It said to make dosage balls and give them once a week. Yeah only 3 goats would eat them and they wanted ALL of them! But over half of them wouldn't eat them... How ever I have found a new recipe and it can be made into a tea and set out for them to drink... I am going to try it once I gather all I need for it. I will let you all know how it works out.. If you want to read more about herbal Wormers I would suggest checking out either Molly's Herbals From FiasCoFarm Or Kat from Fir Meadows and Fir Meadows Lamancha and Toggenburg Goats.. I have learned from both websites.
Now if you need a book, Pat Coleby's Natural Goat care is good but I have a hard time with trying to figure out similar things for here in the US since she is in Australia. That is where I got giving more Copper but I use the Oxide needles not copper sulfate. Copper Sulfate can be overdosed and has to be given everyday where you can give the Oxide needles break down over time and only have to be given ever 4-6 months depending on the goat..
I would like to get the Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable by Juliette de Baïracli-Levy but haven't gotten one yet.. I am thinking it would have alot of info I would find interesting..
I have included a few links to some sites I have used in researching the Barber Pole worm.. I agree with some of it but not all of it.. Most of them haven't been updated since 2005-06.. I couldn't find anything really relevent updated more recently.
Sweetlix/Barber Pole Info
Management Of Barber Pole In Goats
Alabama Cooperative Extension System-BarberPole Infestation in Goats
P.S. An update on Pizza and his broken leg are still doing good. I am getting ready to change the Splint again and check it out. He is spunky and hasnt lost any weight since that first day or 2. I do believe he is healing well.. He did try to run me over the other day to get to grain when I was trimming hooves...