Saturday, August 23, 2014

FAMACHA and worming

Reminder - folks. . .don't forget the FAMACHA chart when you raise goats. . .checks and check often.

I noticed Dutchess looked like she'd lost a bit of weight in the last few days. I thought the grain cut back (as the dry does had started to get too heavy) might be the cause. Today she acted faintly off. The slightest bit slower about running to her stall for grain. She is a big, sturdy girl, so she still looks very health, but when I checked her inner eyelids today, super pale. That is a first in years for her.

Obviously, barber pole - the biggest killed goats next to uneducated owners (lol) in the nation. Wormed with the go to Cydectin pour on given orally (other choice is injectable Cydectin given orally or via injection), and it will be repeated in 10 days. She will be right as rain shortly.

Husbandry - you have to know your animals so well that if you catch things before the animal is obviously ill to the untrained eye -



Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens

- Proverbs 27:23-27

"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares."

- George Washington