Rotating your herd every 3 weeks for parasite control

Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by Judy7, Sep 23, 2020.

  1. Judy7

    Judy7 Member

    Mar 22, 2012
    I have 5 Nubians. For the last few years I have been culling the ones that get parasites to easily. I am trying to get my herd healthy enough to avoid wormers as we drink the milk.

    Does anyone rotate their herd every 3 weeks for parasite control.

    Do you do a total clean out of the pen after they leave?

    If so is there any type killer that would be good to spread over the cleaned dirt pen?

    Do you mow the new pasture before they go out on it.

    Or do you mow it after they leave it so the sun will hopefully bake the worm eggs.

    Finally, do you worm them and if so when?

    Thanks, love this forum. I have learned a lot.
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  2. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    Use herbal prevention.

    Rotate every 4-6 weeks to allow ample rest time.

    What parasites do you struggle with?

  3. Judy7

    Judy7 Member

    Mar 22, 2012
    Barber pole, coccidia, stronglyes
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  4. goatblessings

    goatblessings Fair-Haven Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2015
    Southwest Ohio
    What size of an area are you keeping them in? If it is large enough, and can keep the pasture at 4" or longer, that helps control parasites as they are not eating off the ground. Mowing short only exposes the area when it's too short. I do mow, but not terribly frequently. I make sure I feed hay off the ground, grain in feeders, clean water, and longer grass. My girls have a resting area, and then go out to the longer pasture.
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  5. Moers kiko boars

    Moers kiko boars Well-Known Member

    Apr 22, 2018
    Hi..yes I rotate about every 2 1/2 to 3 months. That gives everything time to be eaten down..and the other areas to be overgrown. The goats get all excited when they's like vacation. Lol
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