Hey there, folks. I'm new to sheep/goats. We've been running our farm organically for the past nearly 30 years, and now we're getting a pair of sheep and we've been given a doeling. I'm concerned about putting the three together as a mini-herd, but I don't really know what else to do with them. Is it possible to run them together, and still provide each with what it needs (copper to one, and not to the other, etc.). Also, these sheep are Gulf Coast Natives, which have been run without wormers for decades, but the doeling comes from a herd that's been regularly chemically wormed. Is there any way that I can manage the goat parasites with organic means, so as not to kill off the good pasture bugs along with the bad ones? Would feeding it garlic (when not in milk), d.e., Basic H, etc. control the worms, along with rotational grazing? The whole idea behind multi-species grazing is that one critter grazes off the parasites of the previous breed, thereby cleaning the pastures for each other. Any tips or suggestions will be MOST appreciated!
I use cayenne and garlic or Molly's Herbal wormer for my goats. I haven't used a chemical wormer in 2 years now. The garlic does NOT affect the milk. What color is the doeling? A red or black goat, in my experience, needs a LOT more copper than a white goat. However, a white goat still needs copper. You can get copper boluses to administer to just the goat. I personally do not use Basic H. I won't feed something that I don't know the ingredients of. I don't care how "natural" people claim it to be. Learn the Famancha chart and what good eye color is. -Jenn
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