I'd start out with a fecal, I know you said you saw roundworms, but to get a count and rule out other worms... also to see if you actually need a chemical wormer, I have heard great things about Molly's and LOH herbal dewormer though!
Sorry about your sheep! It's too bad, but they have to eat so what can you do!Yeah, it's probably time for a fecal. I know the vet said Hope was loaded pretty heavily last summer when we had her tested, so we've been thinking it's probably an issue again. I've read good things about the Molly's too, but this is the first time trying it. We SO hate dumping the milk for a week when using chemicals!
By some of your other posts, it looks as if you are in N MN and even drier than we are. Pastures here are really dried up, haven't seen it this dry since 1988. We are shipping half of the sheep on Thursday, nothing to feed them anymore unless we go out and buy a lot of hay.
Although I'm not sure about a gallon a day sounds like you want more of a big AlpineNigerian dwarfs are known for their small size but heavy milking production and good tasting milk! If you were interested in a different breed. Look up them some
As far as the worms you saw, could be sections of tapeworms as suggested, or they have a heavy load I know with cats roundworms can pass through feces from a heavy load, goats not so sure ...
So, I know a lot of people are happy with Nubians and there are those that produce a gallon a day, but I have to mention kinders because I have them and they have been terrific for me. I have one doe that produces a gallon a day and another that gives 3/4 of a gallon at peak. They are a mid sized goat, so very easy handle. They are more of a dual purpose breed than nigerians or nubians and they have a tendency to have multiple kids (up to five!) so more kids to sell.I'm not overly attached to Nubians. My wife is afraid of bad tasting milk with other breeds because of past negative experience, but I'm at the point of being willing to try a different breed or even cross breed. I want some ability to forage, decent production (would be thrilled with a gallon per goat per day!) gentle disposition (Sugar knocks my 2-year old down!) and the ability to at least partially utilize our home-grown forage. Maybe I'm asking too much . . .
By the way you are not asking too much. I know plenty of people on the forum that have goats that meet your goals. 😉Maybe I'm asking too much . . .