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If you answered YES to ANY of these questions, keep reading! Research has shown that ALL of these practices ultimately lead to dewormer resistance, which means that eventually none of the dewormers will kill parasites on your farm — and that means the parasites can kill your goats.
Parasites have been cited as the #1 cause of death in goats. If you’ve had goats for any length of time, you’ve probably had to deal with them at some point. Unfortunately, the Internet is filled with tons of old information! Practices from 10 or 20 years ago are still being used today, even though the latest research has shown that those practices lead to dewormer resistance.
So, where do you get the most up-to-date information? You can’t subscribe to all of the scientific journals. You may not be able to get a farm sitter, which means you can’t travel to attend conferences. That’s why I created this online course — and no, this is NOT about what I do. This course is about the latest research on parasites in small ruminants.
Like all my books and courses, this will NOT be a one-size-fits-all recipe for dealing with parasites. I believe in educating people so that you can become the expert on your goats on your farm. Because I teach college, I’ve been able to look up the latest research in scholarly journals, using the databases at the university. I’ve also contacted researchers personally to get more information about their studies. And I’ve attended multiple conferences to hear them talk about their research first hand. Then I traveled around the country, creating videos and narrated PowerPoints with the scientists on the front lines of parasite research. I’m bringing the conference to you! Who have I talked to?
Here are just a few of the things you’ll learn …
In 2002, Deborah and her family moved to 32 aces on a creek in the middle of nowhere to grow their own food organically. With the help of goats, sheep, pigs, and poultry, they produce 100% of their meat, eggs, and dairy products, as well as a large percentage of their vegetables, fruit, and herbs. Deborah is the author of six books, including Homegrown and Handmade, Ecothrifty, and Raising Goats Naturally, as well as her latest book, Goats Giving Birth. She also teaches sustainable agriculture courses online for the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. She has been teaching Raising Dairy Goats Sustainably since 2013 and Pastured Poultry since 2015.
Internal Parasites (26:37)
Drenching a Goat (Deworming) video (0:41)
Alternative Dewormers and Preventing Parasites (21:37)
Internal Parasite Quiz
External Parasites (10:05)
5 Myths About Deworming Goats (6:40)
Introduction to Worms (28:42)
Genetics and Parasites (3:14)
Rotational Grazing (4:03)
Using Copper Oxide for Control of Barber Pole Worms (15:29)
FAMACHA and Body Condition Scoring (5:36)
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Fecals (20:10)
Genetic Selection for Parasite Resistance (10:25)
Premier 1 Supplies Fencing (6:46)
Advanced Fecal Testing
Online FAMACHA Certification
Using copper oxide wire particles (COWP) as a dewormer
Combining COWP with Valbazen
Dosing COWP in a capsule versus mixed in feed
Efficacy of Garlic Juice, COWP, Cydectin, and Levamisole
Efficacy of Molly’s Herbal dewormer in goats
Birdsfoot Trefoil for parasite control
Managing Parasites in Goats: Avoiding 6 Common Mistakes (Deborah Niemann, May 2019) (69:57)
Sericea Lespedeza interview with Tom Terrill, Ph.D.
When I started with goats, I ultimately had two problems that almost spelled the end of my goat-raising adventure — copper deficiency and parasites. Both of those problems were made worse by bad information. When we started having problems with parasites, I was initially told to start giving a dewormer to my goats every month and to rotate dewormers, which are two old ideas from the 90s that ultimately made my problem much worse. Before I had the right information, I was watching goats die from parasites, helpless to do anything because the parasites on my farm had become resistant to every drug on the market. Even though it’s been more than ten years since that happened to me, a lot of that same old misinformation is still being passed around because nothing on the web ever dies. No one should have to learn everything the hard way like I did. That’s why I’m passionate about this course. I want everyone to have the information they need to succeed.