Have seen no replies posted to list, so my 2c worth.
As you are no doubt aware. Over all farm management is the key. If you could
add cattle to a sheep operation has been shown to be beneficial with respect
to fewer worm problems in the sheep. Along side this selective breeding for
parasite resistance is well worth the time.
Alternative worm controls
One of the following drenches will help. If the logistics of treating
individually is quite impractical try adding to the water supply monthly.
I am experimenting with adding homoeopathic remedies to the water supply.
Using such remedies as Cina, Filix mas, Santoninum, Granatum.
These are reported as aids in treating worms.
If your animals do have a major worm burden then I doubt if these will be
enough on there own. All we are trying to achieve is to keep the worm
population in a balance that allows the animals to achieve full potential.
20 ltrs cider vinegar
1 kg crushed garlic
Soak for 2 weeks and use at the rate of 50 ml adult sheep/calves
100 ml for older cattle
Herbs such as wormwood (artemisia absintium), nasturtium (tropaeolum majus)
can be added at 1 kg fresh herb. These have worming reputations.
1 ltr cider vinegar
1 ltr seaweed
250 ml garlic concentrate - approx 1 cup crushed garlic (250 gm dried
Soak for a few days then use at 40-60 mls young stock, 60-80 older stock
It has been suggested that if possible give in the 48 hr period coming up to
full moon as the moons watery influence means the worms are not as attached
to the gut wall. Believe it or not :>)
Some use the drench monthly. I prefer not to as I rely heavily on breeding
stronger healthier stock and so the less inputs into the animal the better
my selection policy can be. Takes time but we are beginning to see good
I usually give a drench at weaning (12 weeks) and then generally not before
When we first moved away from chemical drenches we would need to give one
chemical drench ( early spring ) to about 20% of the yearlings. Over time
this percentage has dropped to nothing in the last 3 - 4 years. Put this
down to better stock selection and possibly better understanding of
our requirements. It is that late winter/ early spring period when we were
getting hit. This is when the calves are 10 - 14 months of age. SO with
better feeding and seaweed in the water trough we seem to be improving the
Faecal worm counts we have had done show low worm burdens in our cattle.
Others I know of have recorded nil worm counts.
Any other queries drop us a note.
----- Original Message -----
From: Gwyneth E. Harris <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, April 05, 2000 8:11 AM
Subject: Herbal Dewormers for livestock...
> Hi all!
> I'm looking for any recipes for herbal de-wormers for
> livestock--particularly sheep.
> Gwyneth E. Harris, Sterling College
> Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
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