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Worming sheepRSS feed

Sunday 22 June, 2008

by Rosemary at 10:25am in Sheep 2 comments Add your own

Since we got the sheep, it has been our intention to use as few chemicals as possible. They were wormed immediately before we got them and were turned on to clean land that hadn't had sheep on it since about 2003, when we fenced our land. We started using Verm-X, a herbal wormer - we also use this for the hens.

However, I decided to get a worm test done by Westgate Laboratories. Essentially, it is an equine service but they are happy to do other species, too. Our sample came back as <50 eggs per gram and no eggs were seen. On that basis, I have decided to worm on a "need to" basis, based on worm egg counts. I'll have another test done before tupping, so that I can worm if required.

Looking at their condition, though, I think all the nutrients are going on their backs!

Comments

Brad K.

Sunday 22 June, 2008 at 3:35pm

Have you considered the organic, food grade diatomaceous earth parasite remedy?

Supposedly this versatile filter media (I got acquainted with the dried skeletons of diatoms as an aquarium filter 'super cleanse' periodic filtering medium) in food grade is so fine it doesn't harm the host, but slices parasites. A non-chemical way to clear the digestive tract of eggs and adult worms, etc.

I have seen packages / dosages for dogs, cats, and horses. I imagine sheep would be on someone's list. Or you might call your vet and ask for advice and guidance about using diatomaceus earth. Be sure to specify the food grade, not the swimming pool filter grade.

Rosemary

Sunday 29 June, 2008 at 9:37am

Hi, Brad

This is new to me. I'll have a word with the vet next time I see him. Not soon, I hope!

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