You know we have abundant salt bush leaves because we used to grow Old Man Saltbush for seed & leaf & we have found if the sheep & cattle have 24hr access to a saltbush mix[we use kikuyu chaff, oats, cow pea & whatever else we have to mix with the SB] that they have far fewer worms in the worm counts.
Untill this season we where finding the SB plus rotating paddocks was all we needed to keep our Dorper sheep herd worm free yet the merino's still needed drenched just not as much. We had them in 2 herds. But this season is back to drenching all the time.
My dogs have had to just be double wormed here in town which I thought was a bit backwards as I would think they would have been more wormy at the farm than in town due to the livestock. But the is no way the worms where this bad last year with the dogs & they where at the farm this time last year.
Little grain like things stuck in fidos hair around their bum & under their tail is a dead giveaway.
Yes my ideal would be a Saanen but there dose not seem to be many around here & the 1's I do find that are quiet, have good udders & hoofs I would need a bank loan for, lol. Are the x Saaneens any good as a friend has a Saanen x Boar[from their old milker that they keep in kid to their Boar goat]that is just in kid for the first time. She said I can lend her till I buy a pure but she is not sure what her milk will be like or how much she will have. She has a good sized udder with good longer teats for a cross. What do you think, is it worth a go?
I don't know much about live stock but for dogs you should alternate products as they become immune to the one product.
I have Wiltipolls - appear to stay in their paddocks better than Dorpers. No worming required here for adult sheep - very dry in WA at the moment.
You need to swap your drench every year, also try out the new products out.
It's the same with lice treatments..
My OH get a phone once day about it..
Sheep can get worms from dogs..
I think it depends where you are and your paddock rotation.
I do my dogs every 6 weeks to prevent sheep getting sheep measles from tapeworm.
My sheep are fine - very healthy and very low worm burden and I dont drench them. I also have strict rotational grazing.
One of the advatages of farming in the low rainfall area.
Last edited by Kalacreek; 12-21-2010 at 05:27 PM.
Yes it does depend where you are.
Where in WA are Kalacreek?9
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