The Silver Bullet of Parasite Control in Small Ruminants

If you'd like to know how to reduce deworming and still have healthy goats or sheep, you'll want to check out the the ATTRA/NCAT publication "Managing Internal Parasites: Success Stories." It includes stories from two sheep producers and one goat producer on the management steps they took to almost permanently eliminate deworming from their operations. This excerpt from Paul Casey of Heifer Project International gives you a good idea of the solution he found to work best: "Here's the silver bullet of parasite control in small ruminants...or at least what I think is the closest thing. It is not administered orally, intramuscularly or subcutaneously. It is not reconstituted or refrigerated. In fact, the sheep don’t even need to [be] put in the corral. Interested? Then read on. But beware; it may be nothing more than the ramblings of a sheep grazier. "I manage a 60-ewe sheep flock at Heifer Project International’s Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas. About 10 years ago, we started looking at alternative methods of controlling gastrointestinal parasites in sheep. We tried garlic juice, papaya seeds, pumpkin seeds, an herbal dewormer, grazing chicory, grazing sun hemp, and intensive rotational grazing. In the end, rotational grazing was the only practice we kept. Using 120V and/or battery powered chargers, poly posts, poly wire, a

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  1. This is the same strategy the nematodes use, selection pressure and population genetics.

    There is also the potential for a nematode fungus, D. flagrans that maybe developing in the well managed healthy pasture soils.

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