Worming Schedule for Goats
Suggested Goat Worming Schedule
Kids are very susceptible to internal parasites, including tapeworms. Kids should be wormed by 8 weeks of age, and again every 4-8 weeks until a year of age. Signs such as paleness of the gums or lower eyelids, diarrhea, rough hair coat, or poor growth may indicate anemia and can be cause for alarm. Commonly used oral wormers include Safe-Guard, Ivomec and Cydectin. Tapeworms require using a dewormer such as Valbazen. Does should be wormed 2-4 weeks before kidding to reduce the passage of parasites to the kids. Only Safe Guard and Rumatel are approved for use in lactating animals.
Does and bucks should be wormed approximately 4-6 times per year. Check adults frequently for signs of parasites, especially during warm, moist times of the year, and worm accordingly. A strict pasture rotation also helps reduce parasite exposure. Commonly used oral wormers include Safe-Guard, Ivomec and Cydectin. Tapeworms require using a dewormer such as Valbazen.
It is important not to under-dose when administering wormers, because over time this will create a resistance to the wormer causing it to become ineffective against parasites. Some success has been seen when administering Safe-Guard every two-weeks for a total of 4 doses.