On this tab we hope to include links to useful articles on parasiology, anthelmintics, herbal alternative therapies, research and any other helpful associated information.
There is a lot of information on the web, some of it helpful, some of it well intended but misguided. Everyone seems to have a different opinion. This can be very confusing so we are trying to provide links to legitimate and trustworthy resources. Please remember there are good scholarly resources to help you as opposed to trying to sort through 95 opinions on a FaceBook post. In the end, it all boils down to a management decision based on what is best for your herd and your circumstances.
Here is something very important to remember, especially people that try to give well intended assistance to others without considering the big picture.
Every farm has its own unique population of parasites. What they will or will not respond to varies greatly. There is no "one size fits all" deworming regimen.
People who purchase a few goats or sheep and create new pastures for them may have little to no parasite issues as long as the purchased goats come in clean. If they do not bring more animals in, they may never require anthelmintics. Yet such people are frequently advised to treat their animals with dual or even triple class dewormers simultaneously. YES there are many farms that now require that. But that should NEVER be universally recommended.
It is fairly easy (and we hope to make the process highly affordable)to determine whether you have anthelmintic resistance in your herd and if so, to what. The most current research advocates for NOT rotating dewormers. Use the anthelmintic that works for your herd and nothing else. In this manner, the selective resistance to other anthelmintics becomes diluted and eventually lost. Per recent Zoetis research, it has been found that previous strains of ivermectin resistant parasites lose the selective resistance in about a 3 year period. If you use ivermectin to treat for lice and or mites, this would not work, there has to be zero exposure to the compound. Personally we are working on alternative ecto parasite management so that we will be able to use ivermectin again effectively in the future.