Whats a worm risk? Im sure there is a better term for this but..a worm risk is a goat who stays wormy no matter how often we worm or what wormer we use. This goat is the weak link in worm control...he/she will deposit resistant worm eggs on your land spreading them to the herd. This goat will need serious consideration whether to stay in the herd.
When should we have a fecal done?
2 times a year I would recommend a group fecal. This is where you gather fresh clean berries from several herd members..Spring and Fall are good times....
When a goat show signs of worms.. Its not always practical to wait for results to treat, however gather a fresh sample before treatment, treat and send in the clean sample to be sure you are on the right track...redo the fecal sample a week or so after treatment to be sure the wormer of choice is working. you don’t need to do this every time you worm, but it is a helpful tool to know your wormer of choice is effective
In an emergency situation, it is good to seek a local vet to do the fecal...ask for a coccidia check as well as many wont do this with out a request since it takes longer.
In a non emergency situation, I recommend sending samples into a lab...Mid Amercian ag research lab is a good choice and only charge $10
Lungworm: They are sometimes very hard to find. You can actually do this on your own by putting some Fresh pellets in a single layer of gauze, float on top of room temp water overnight & you will see larvae or worms if there are lungworms.
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