Worms or internal parasites are the major cause of death in goats

Drench resistant tests or at least testing faecal (fecal) samples 10- 14 days later is essential for all goat herds to know if you have drench resistant worms already.

A quarantine protocol for all goats (including bucks) you buy is essential and these require worm drenches prescribed by a veterinarian.

Under-dosing goats with anthelmintic drench is associated with drench resistance. If your goats are too big to hold while standing on bathroom scales and you don't have livestock scales, used the heart girth table below

Drench Resistance 

Worm Drenches or Parasite Treatments

Small amounts of worm drench or copper oxide wire particle boluses (with the loan of a balling gun) can be provided if I have visited your property and examined your goats and you have recent worm egg counts.  A prescription will be provided as required by legislation and needs to be provided for LPA audits.

FAMACHA© Courses

I run FAMACHA© courses for goat clubs & individuals.

Venue, catering and provision of any equipment and goats to be organised and paid for by one key contact for all clients. Goatvetoz will charge only @ $550 per half day i.e. reduced price  compared to other training to help stop drench resistance.   Travel and accommodation costs are as described in my fee documents on this website.
Participants will be expected to purchase their own FAMACHA cards at cost. A lecture
venue with PowerPoint facilities, morning tea, goats and/ or sheep in yards with good natural light will be needed.
NOTE – Goat clubs are encouraged to work together to arrange courses for members but to provide one key contact, who will be the go between with goatvetoz and organisers for all members. Goat clubs should also request sponsorship to reduce costs for their members (suggestions can be provided). Copies of evaluations and comments from past courses  can be provided.

Worm Control In Goats

Internal parasites are a major problem in goats as they do not develop an age resistance to worms as occurs with sheep and cattle.

Worms are the most common cause for a sick goat.

I will visit your property and examine your goats and develop a worm control plan for your property.  This is based on pasture management and all available tools and is then updated based on future worm egg counts.  Advice on worm egg counts is provided to monitor success.  I also do worm egg counts but only for my clients.

How to take a faecal (fecal) sample from a goat.

Pour-ons anthelmintics, as used in cattle, should not be used in goats  as they hasten the development of drench resistance and research has shown they do not actually kill the worms, only stop them laying eggs.