Everything You Need to Know about Natural Parasite Control for Livestock, All in One Place!
This concise book is loaded with valuable information about ridding livestock of their unwanted guests. Whether you're raising sheep, pigs, horses, cows, chickens, goats, or other farm animals, this book will teach you how to keep them healthy and parasite-free through organic systems and without the use of harsh chemicals. It includes easy-to-follow scientific explanations, and provides research-based practices that really work. Internal parasite control can be accomplished naturally 1) through environmental modifications, 2) by producing and using easy-to-grow & harvest anti-parasitics, and, 3) by understanding the life-cycles and road blocks of internal parasites.
In this practical guide you will learn about:
Parasites, hosts, and lifecycles
How to develop a working pasture rotation system
How to create healthy pastures and clean watering systems
Administering natural antiparasitics
Growing, collecting, and processing natural and herbal antiparasitics
This is a necessary reference manual for all sustainable, natural, animal-husbandry endeavors!
Introduction: It Doesn’t Have to Be a Full-Time Job
During the course of your regular farm day, you might notice your chickens’ combs just aren’t as bright red as you’ve seen in the past. Maybe a cow or horse appears a little “ribby.” Or, you look at your sheep’s eyelids and they’re not as bright pink as they should be. Perhaps there are a couple animals that never obtain the luster others possess in the same group. These are just a few signs parasites are “sucking the life” out of your livestock. As diligent as you may be, keeping parasites at bay may feel like a relentless, full-time job—especially if you want to do it without the use of chemicals.
But, by developing a system that easily works for you and your livestock, your job of parasite control can become a part-time, seasonal position! This can be accomplished 1) through good pasture management and rotation, 2) with environmental control of parasites, 3) by targeted deworming with natural products (possibly even growing some ingredients!), and, 4) with continuing research of parasite control in livestock.
There are specific symptoms for some parasites. Chart A (page 6) lists those indicators. However, this list is not a definitive diagnosis because a high load of any parasitic infestation can result in diarrhea, dehydration, weight loss, un-thriftiness, and/or lethargy no matter which parasite is doing the damage. If after reading and implementing the information in this book you still seem to have a parasite issue, you may want to collect a fecal sample to take to a qualified vet or lab to have the parasite correctly identified. This way, you can target treatment for that specific parasite. (Collecting and checking samples at home will be discussed later.)
"I am recommending this handy guide to all my friends with livestock. This is a much needed resource for homesteaders and small producers. Parasites are a nemesis for many of us. In these pages, Wendy Lombardi shares her valuable knowledge of plants, parasites, and methods of control using available plants and herbs. I will be keeping my copy for years to come." —Janet Garman, author of Good Living Guide to Keeping Sheep and Other Fiber Animals, 50 Do-It-Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens, and 50 Do-It-Yourself Projects for Keeping Goats