by GLEN MARTIN, KEVIN MOCK, TODD KENNEDY AND DENNIS WILBER Show-Rite Feeds Technical and Influential Staff
Time flies when you’re having a good time and now the purchase of show goats has rolled around again. We have our projects home, getting settled in, and getting them up on feed. One of the most overlooked and neglected management factors in goats is the timely and planned parasite control program. Goats are one of the filthiest, worm ridden, parasite infested animals on the planet, and it takes considerable discipline and planning to have an effective program.
Worming and parasite control could be the determining factor in being in front of the backdrop or on the sidelines. Worms and parasites rob goats of reaching their genetic potential as they take up valuable nutrients that help develop muscle, bloom, and overall health and immune system function. That’s why it is so important to have a disciplined plan to rid these goats of worms and parasites.
Here are some ideas from the ShowRite team on an effective goat deworming and parasite control program:
GLEN MARTIN - DAY1, 2, and 3 of the first of the month, Safeguard dewormer, double dosed by bodyweight. DAY 8 - Delice by applying Bronco Fly Spray or Adams Flea and Tick Spray, DAY 16 - Deworm with Prohibit or Cydectin Oral Drench as per label instructions, Day 24 - Delice by applying Bronco Fly Spray and Adams Flea and Tick Spray.
KEVIN MOCK - In the geographic area of FRM customers, goat exhibitors need to stay aggressive on your wether projects to keep them clean of worm and parasite infestation. External parasites are equally as detrimental as internal parasites. Kevin recommends using a pour-on product such as Cylence as well as an injection of Dectomax or Ivomec. This is in addition to the Safeguard program of Mr. Martin.
TODD KENNEDY - Todd echoed Glen Martin’s program of deworming on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd days of the month with Safeguard. Todd also recommends to rotate wormers every 21 days to keep the worms from developing an immunity to wormers. Todd adds, “Show goats are very susceptible to internal parasites, including tapeworms. Kids should be wormed by 8 weeks of age and again every 4 to 8 weeks for tapeworms. Watch for signs of paleness to their gums and lower eyelids, diarrhea, rough hair coat and poor growth can indicate anemia and be cause for alarm. Todd echoed Glen and Kevin in the use of Safeguard, Ivomec, and Cydectin. He added tapeworms require a wormer such as VALBAZEN.
These are some ideas from the ShowRite team, but remember, ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR LOCAL VETERINARIAN when developing any type of protocol to insure the health of your project.