Below is a collection of links/resources that others may find helpful. Please note that we are not giving advice regarding goat management or health, and we take no responsibility for nor guarantee the correctness of any information found by following any of the links below (see also: site disclaimer, i.e. the "fine print," at the bottom of this page). The only piece of advice we are providing is: Find and develop a relationship with a good small ruminant veterinarian first and foremost. The internet is not a substitute for proper veterinary care.
Parasites (internal) Internal parasites are one of the greatest--if not the greatest--threats to the health of our goats. The most common and dangerous internal parasite in the United States, especially in the southeast/areas that have warm, humid weather, is the strongyle species haemonchus contortus, more commonly known as the “barber pole worm.” The American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC) is a source of current, science-based information and strategies for dealing with parasites. If you are new to goats, the ACSRPC's six-part series on controlling worms in goats is a good place to start.
A common strategy for dealing with internal parasites is routine visual health checks of your herd, including a technique known as FAMACHA. The FAMACHA method is used to check individuals for anemia, a symptom of strongyle infestation. This video, produced by the University of Rhode Island, demonstrates the correct way to check the mucous membranes of the inner eyelid for signs of anemia.
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