Post by missevelyn on Jun 27, 2008 13:25:24 GMT -5
A coworker of mine is a new pig owner, they're healthy, happy and the guy she bought them from told her to get them wormed. They weigh about 40 to 60 pounds at this point. So what's the best way? What's a good brand of wormer? Do you do the off label use of cattle Ivomec injectable like for horses?
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Check the label on your Ivomec, it maybe indicated for swine too. I've got some Ivomec formulated at a lower concentration for small pigs. I've read some people give the injectable orally if that's what you mean by "like for horses". I think a very small percentage have some sort of reaction to this.
I personally like the Dectomax injectable. It doesn't sting as bad as Ivomec and that makes them hold still a little better.
If these are destined for butcher probably just worm them once. If breeding stock it is best to rotate wormers to combat parasite resistance.
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I originally bought it because my pigs got ticks on their eye lids from their bedding hay. I sprinkled some on the bedding and within a few days the ticks fell right off, dead. I also used it in the water and soon found the little worms like rice in the fecal matter. It doesn't take much and you AVOID the CHEMICALS.
One thing to realize when you put Ivermectin or other chemical de-wormer into your animal is that it takes 18 days or more to leave the system in order to be "safe" for slaughter. Also some de-wormers can't be used on gestating or lactating animals. With DE you don't have to worry about that factor.
DE also has many other uses in the garden and household pets. Check it out.
I'm a little slow, but I'd like to add: When giving pigs shots, don't give them in the rump. It can ruin the hams. Go for the neck area.....don't want to damage the reason why we're raising them! Janene
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Post by Shelley (whistlingtrain) on Aug 21, 2008 21:21:15 GMT -5
I use a wormer that I topdress on their feed, called Safeguard. It comes in little pellets that are easy to sprinkle on top, or a scoopable powder that mixes in fairly well. I think the chemical is Fenbendazole. We used to buy feed that had wormer in it, but after about 8 years the worms were resistant to it--what a shock to all of a sudden have a terrible worm problem again. I will be switching from year to year now, I think.
It's amazing how much feed those worms can eat! I had one batch of 6 or 7 4-month old pigs last winter that went from eating 100# of feed a day to 50# of feed a day after the wormer cycle was finished--and there were lots of worms floating on the ground--it's very rainy here in the winter. It was really gross. But what a shock. Throwing away 50# of feed a day is a real eye-opener. Keep the pigs clean! We have since built all new pens and houses, and are working on a new barn with concrete floor to try and keep things parasite-free, and I worm regularly now.
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