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New goat strategy

Sadly the last drenching on our milking goat Tag was not effective and her workload went up to over 2000. 

On the upside there was no more sign of Coccidia and the llamas are clear 


Anyway, we need to sort Tag out.

After many discussions of Facebook, I actually got hold of a specialist goat Vet, https://m.facebook.com/goatvetoz/

She was kind enough to message me several undefined links and talk to me on the phone. 

1. First of all she stressed the importance of dosing for the right weight, so she sent me this chart, which is similar to one I had used in the past.

Tag’s girth is 107cm so her weight is approx 90 Kg. 

2. The vet suggested that Caprimec (the drench I have been using should be given at 1.5 times the dose so that’s 30 ml for her weight. That’s what I had been doing in the past but Tag would always spot a heap out. Today we set off to try again but when the gun malfunctioned we tried soaking her dose in bread. It took a bit of fiddling mixing in some Lovamol and human breakfast cereal but to my surprise she ate it all, plus some.

So today she had 40 ml Caprimec

Will need to do another test in 10 days and if we don’t get 95% reduction in worm count (117 or less) we need to change drench

3. The only other registered option for dairy goats is Panacur25 which needs to be given at 2 times the dose. She suggested trying once and testing 10 days later and if that doesn’t work trying drenching on 2 consecutive days.

These are my notes from the chat with her

4. Vet also said NOT to move them  after drenching so we’ve been doing that wrong 

5. The other point she made is that if Tag isn’t getting enough protein that could make her more prone to worms. It seems she is not. FB chats revealed she should be on 1-1.5 Kg of grain /pellet a day split in two feeds. 

Vet said she needs 18% protein and cottonseed would deliver that. Crashed lupins are good too so we’ll gradually give her that and alpaca pellets which are 16%.

Lucerne us good as provides calcium

6. After nearly 2 years in milk her body score should be 3-3.5. From this video she is 3 or a little less so up goes the feed.


As an aside I have also started back with the ACV in the water and have ordered a goat specific lick with selenium and copper.


Worm and move

Tag came up positive for worms again and this time also a slight Cocci.

 Apparently we don’t need to do anything about the latter just yet but with all the rain we’ve had we’ll be testing often this year 

Meanwhile Tag got 30 ml Caprimec twice 48 hrs apart then 48 hours later we moved them on clean pasture. This happened yesterday 6/10/16.

Also copying an interesting link here for reference.


More worms

The re/testing of the goats showed that Tag still has a high load. 


We re-drenched her on Sat 25 June but without a proper gun it got a bit messy. We were aiming to give her 30 ml, we think she got the best part of it.

Now we’ll wait and re- test her after 10 days.

UPDATE: 10 days later Tag’s count was 60. We did not retreat. 3 months later she is at 1200. 

Goat drench and rooster move

The goats are wormy again.


So like last time we drenched them twice 48 hrs apart and we have prepared the old paddock to move them back into 48 hrs after drenching the second time. Tag and Monty got the best part of 25 ml each, Pilly got 13ml which may have been a little low for her weight.

We will re-test them 10 days after the second drench to see if it has worked.

In other goat news, last week Tag has decided to wean Monty so we are back at milking every day. She is giving about 1.5L each time.

Last night I also moved our spare 5 Roos to the old chook pen with a view to let them free range once they’ve gotten used to their new home. I have left Rosie in charge of the big pen and I have left AAron in with him as they seem to sort of get along… We’ll see. Now that there’s fewer rooster I have also moved Alisha and Cybrhia back in the big pen after they spent over a month in the old peacock pen. I had moved them as they both had a bare back due to breeding season and molting and Cyinthia even had a deep cut from the rooster. They are all better now with most feathers re-grown. 

Worms be gone

Tag and Monty got drenched with Caprimec today. Monty got about 13 ml, he spat half so I had to give him some more, and Tag got 23-24 ml.

monty using mum as a hay rack

In other news the cophos arrived for the llamas. The bottle does not take the gun do we put the gun needle onto a syringe with a screw top. It worked OK, but the dose is 10 ml per 150 kg animal and our syringe was 3 ml so jabbing them 3 times wasn’t fun. 

Anyway, Connie got at least 8 ml, Carol, Renata and Reba 6. It was a spit fest so I didn’t do anyone else.

I also changed the guinea pigs bedding… Not very interesting but I want to see how long it lasts. Babies due soon.