|Squeezing the goats into a small working area|
is easier on the producer and on the goats.
I have had producers tell, "Oh, that's too much trouble. I just worm the whole herd every month or two." That's the worst thing you can do. We deworm only those that need it. Some months, only one or two goats may need deworming. On Saturday, with a lot of lactating does plus the recent weather stress, we had to deworm more does than usual -- about 30 percent.
|I use this 30-ml Allflex syringe to administer|
the injectable Cydectin at the rate of 2ml per 100 lbs.
There were a few half-Kiko yearlings that had good FAMACHA scores but still had rough coats. I gave them a dose of Valbazen in case they has tapeworms. We also treated everyone with pour-on delicer -- for lice and ticks. I normally use Synergized De-Lice, but my local feed store (Tri County Farm Services in Como, Miss. 662-526-9100) had only Synergizer Permethrin 1% made by Durvet, which seems to be the same thing.
|We buy the gallon size of pour-on delicer and pour it into an empty dishwashing detergent|
bottle. Apply down the head and back at the rate of 15 ml per 100 pounds.
|On the kids we use 5% Sevin dust instead of the pour-on delicer to control external parasites. We punch holes in the lid of an old peanut butter jar to make a handy duster.|
The kids are two months old now and are starting to look good. We sorted them from the dams before we began working. We put the kids into a small catch pen where it is easy to catch them. There is no need to waste a lot of your time and energy chasing babies around a goat lot. Squeeze them up, grab them and give them their shots.
|Kids in a small pen can easily be cornered and captured.|
|Use a magic marker to label the bottles|
before you begin so you can keep your
shots straight. If you are taking the bottles
from the refrigerator, write on them quickly
before they start sweating; the ink won't stick then.
|After their vaccinations and a good dusting for|
lice, the kids are turned into a shaded "play area" until
their moms are finished with their business.