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Goat Girl
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Is there any way you can run a couple of your steers in with the goats? Or are they in there already? Pasturing with other species is supposed to help cut down on the worms as the other animal can eat the goat worms and not be infected and vice versa, basically cleaning the pasture. Have you copper bolused your goats? Keeping their copper levels up can help with worms.

The next time you worm, pen your goats up the night before and do not feed them. Worm them the next morning and keep them penned up all day (no feed), just water then turn them back out the next day (you can give them some hay/feed in the evening so they aren't going over 24 hrs without feed). They will be hungry and not happy and it seems very cruel, but worming on an empty stomach is supposed to really help the effectiveness of the wormer. Without any feed in their stomachs the chemical doesn't end up on top and get "flushed" through without being absorbed properly. They should also poop out all of their worms in the pen and not on your pasture. It is best if you can have a worming pen set up where the goats are only in there during worming time. This way the worms are pooped out, not re-consumed and you can help end the cycle.
 

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Goat Girl
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I would pen them in the other area for a couple days if you can and put the heifer and steer in there for a couple days, they should be able to graze enough to clean some of the worms out of there. That would really help to make sure they poop out all the worms in a different area where they won't be consuming them again. Those steers sound huge! they probably would be a pain to have in with the goats.

Hopefully we get a good winter this year with a good hard freeze to kill off some of these worms and bugs that have been able to survive the last couple years due to the warmer winters.
 

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Just a few days should be enough to keep them out of their pen. Not sure why the does would have the bad color and the bucks wouldn't. Maybe your bucks are just a little more immune to worms than the does are.
 
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