Barber pole worm

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Hi all,

The vet just told me that my goats have barber pole worm. Now this is my first experience with this issue. I’m freaking out to be honest. I have a bottle of safeguard, but the vet said to go and pick up ivermectin from her, which I’m going to do in the morning.

Am I in a race with time here? Goats have 0 symptoms of anything going on. They’re active, running and jumping, eating and drinking and pooping well. They’re 10 months old now.
 

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I use the ivermectin and safe guard together....day one use both, day two and three just the safe guard...repeat in ten days ..(I have had to do it for four rounds...)
The safe guard and ivermectin has been working......so far .....but we are in parasite haven, ...we are constantly cleaning up and I am using DE and lime where they sleep and eat....
It is a constant battle here in this climate, follow your vets advice on the meds. and be extra vigilant on cleaning up the berries and soil, .....
 

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I use the ivermectin and safe guard together....day one use both, day two and three just the safe guard...repeat in ten days ..(I have had to do it for four rounds...)
The safe guard and ivermectin has been working......so far .....but we are in parasite haven, ...we are constantly cleaning up and I am using DE and lime where they sleep and eat....
It is a constant battle here in this climate, follow your vets advice on the meds. and be extra vigilant on cleaning up the berries and soil, .....
noted, thanks a lot. Would you share the cleaning routine and what you use? I have DE on hand always.
 

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noted, thanks a lot. Would you share the cleaning routine and what you use? I have DE on hand always.
Leon uses the mower with the grass catcher bags on the mower, they pick up alot of the goat berries, (they go into the compost pile ) then I put down sweet lime and DE..
We tend to keep everything cut close so they don't eat off the ground and eat hay or cuttings that we bring them from tree limbs....any damp areas under trees get DE....sand floor in goat house gets rakedd up daily, with weekly dose of lime (also sold in pellets) .....it's a pain in the butt, but really has helped here.
Are my goats worm free ? ...Nope., not in this climate....I have heard of more goats dieing due to parasites and tetanus in this state, if you are raising goats in Florida you have to be vigilant :hugs
 
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Leon uses the mower with the grass catcher bags on the mower, they pick up alot of the goat berries, (they go into the compost pile ) then I put down sweet lime and DE..
We tend to keep everything cut close so they don't eat off the ground and eat hay or cuttings that we bring them from tree limbs....any damp areas under trees get DE....sand floor in goat house gets rakedd up daily, with weekly dose of lime (also sold in pellets) .....it's a pain in the butt, but really has helped here.
Are my goats worm free ? ...Nope., not in this climate....I have heard of more goats dieing due to parasites and tetanus in this state, if you are raising goats in Florida you have to be vigilant :hugs
Wow thanks. This is very valuable to me!
 

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Hi all,

The vet just told me that my goats have barber pole worm. Now this is my first experience with this issue. I’m freaking out to be honest. I have a bottle of safeguard, but the vet said to go and pick up ivermectin from her, which I’m going to do in the morning.

Am I in a race with time here? Goats have 0 symptoms of anything going on. They’re active, running and jumping, eating and drinking and pooping well. They’re 10 months old now.
What kills barber pole worms?
Cydectin (Moxidectin) Dectomax (Doramectin) Ivomec (Ivermectin barber pole worm)
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  • Many eggs are shed back onto the ground while most stay in the host.
  • If the ground is dry, the larvae inside the eggs will die.
  • With warmer weather, larvae can become ingested by animals increasing worm load.
I hope this help... you can check your vet about this too..
 

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What kills barber pole worms?
Cydectin (Moxidectin) Dectomax (Doramectin) Ivomec (Ivermectin barber pole worm)
...
  • Many eggs are shed back onto the ground while most stay in the host.
  • If the ground is dry, the larvae inside the eggs will die.
  • With warmer weather, larvae can become ingested by animals increasing worm load.
I hope this help... you can check your vet about this too..
Thanks a lot for the info
 

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You may not want to keep grass clipped close....it's in those conditions where the BP worm thrives. Here's an article on how it all goes down, but pasture rotation and adequate rest times before grazing can help, as can intensive grazing methods that increase soil quality so that water absorbs immediately instead of lying "in a sheet" on the ground for any length of time. Another way is to use multi species grazing, where the other species is grazing on the parasites of the other, thereby helping both rid the pasture of high fecal loads.


Another valuable tool mentioned in most articles is culling for parasite resistance/tolerance, which should always be integrated into any livestock husbandry efforts. If you aren't culling for this, you will always be dealing with it year after year, which is an effort in futility.
 
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