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Old 09-21-2011, 08:31 PM   #1
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I got some new girls recently, and they are just not fattening up like they should.
I gave them Ivomec and have been feeding them really well, but they are still too skinny and bony looking.
And one has a really rough coat, any suggestions on both of these?

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Old 09-21-2011, 08:46 PM   #2
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Are they milking? If so when did they freshen? What age? What is their entire management? Minerals?



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Have you had a fecal checked on these goats? That's probably the first step. And we need some more information, .

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Old 09-21-2011, 11:46 PM   #4
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What kind of feed and minerals are you feeding them? When did you deworm them and how many times?

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Old 09-22-2011, 04:47 PM   #5
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I just got them within this past week, and the first thing I did is the Ivomec. So I have only wormed them once. And I don't know what kind of minerals they were on. I would assume they were since the person who had them previous had a "mentor" who told her how to take care of them...but I am not sure. I have been slowly introducing them to the minerals I give my goats (and I can't remember the name of them, but I know there is "Emerald" and "Gold" and I am feeding the "Gold" to my goats).

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Old 09-22-2011, 05:02 PM   #6
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I'd be doing a fecal and also testing for coccidia. Just because they are adults doesn't mean they can't have a large load of coccidia. Also Barberpole would be rampant right now too. I would check their eyelids as well and see how pink/salmon colored they are. If they are light pink or white, then they have a heavy parasite load and it may be more than one type of parasite.

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Old 09-22-2011, 05:07 PM   #7
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I am new to the Ivomec, but shouldn't that get rid of those too? And I have never heard of checking a goats eyelids before, but I will run out and do that right now.

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Old 09-22-2011, 05:13 PM   #8
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Just got back in from looking, and they are not at all light pink or white.

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besides the worming, rough coat says copper to me, do you need to bolus where you live?

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Old 09-22-2011, 08:53 PM   #10
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No, not here. Everyone says that the minerals I am using are the best as well as most economic. I know one person who does use those, but it just her personal choice. And I am slowly introducing the minerals to them, because I didn't want to have too much of a drastic change in feed for them. I mean, the people I got them from did not take good care of their goats, but they didn't look like they had this many problems when I picked them up! Arggg!



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