Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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That looks like lice eggs. There are hundreds of species of lice, and they are species specific, meaning that goat lice don't infest humans and vice versa. I usually use pour-on ivermectin of Eprinomectin for lice. If they are very young, it winds up being something like 1 cc or 0.5 cc. I use a syringe without a needle to draw it up and then drip it on their back between their shoulder blades. It eats up the rubber plunger pretty fast though, so you will only be able to do a few before you won't be able to move the plunger on the syringe, so you'll need more than one syringe.

Hi Deborah! Thank you for responding!
So will the pour-on ivermectin take care of all the lice even though you just put it between their shoulder blades? We looked thoroughly through all of our goats coats, and we have rfound more actually little brown bugs, which I am assuming is lice.
Also, how soon does it take to kill all the mice after treating, and where do you believe they get lice from in the first place? Do you ever administer some kind of preventative?
Thank you so much! I really appreciate it!

Deborah Niemann-Boehle said:

That looks like lice eggs. There are hundreds of species of lice, and they are species specific, meaning that goat lice don't infest humans and vice versa. I usually use pour-on ivermectin of Eprinomectin for lice. If they are very young, it winds up being something like 1 cc or 0.5 cc. I use a syringe without a needle to draw it up and then drip it on their back between their shoulder blades. It eats up the rubber plunger pretty fast though, so you will only be able to do a few before you won't be able to move the plunger on the syringe, so you'll need more than one syringe.

I also just found tons of those kinds of eggs on our 1-week-old babies, as we were disbudding them!!! I looked closer, and saw the lice, attached to the skin, and sucking blood (so I'm assuming they are the blood-sucking type of lice). I haven't treated the babies yet....because I'm scared to put anything on them, since they are so young ..also wondering if I need to treat the WHOLE HERD?

  I have ivomec injectable, wondering if that would work? Or if there are natural alternatives, I would prefer those. I have these on hand: diatomaceous earth, essential oils, and also garlic oil....wondering if anyone has had success in using those?

Also, one other question. Would you put the ivermectin on nursing mothers that we are also milking? 

Sophie said:

Hi Deborah! Thank you for responding!
So will the pour-on ivermectin take care of all the lice even though you just put it between their shoulder blades? We looked thoroughly through all of our goats coats, and we have rfound more actually little brown bugs, which I am assuming is lice.
Also, how soon does it take to kill all the mice after treating, and where do you believe they get lice from in the first place? Do you ever administer some kind of preventative?
Thank you so much! I really appreciate it!

Deborah Niemann-Boehle said:

That looks like lice eggs. There are hundreds of species of lice, and they are species specific, meaning that goat lice don't infest humans and vice versa. I usually use pour-on ivermectin of Eprinomectin for lice. If they are very young, it winds up being something like 1 cc or 0.5 cc. I use a syringe without a needle to draw it up and then drip it on their back between their shoulder blades. It eats up the rubber plunger pretty fast though, so you will only be able to do a few before you won't be able to move the plunger on the syringe, so you'll need more than one syringe.

You can use ivermectin pour-on but not injectable for lice. I’ve used it on kids less than a week old. You can also use it on milkers, but need to check milk withdrawal. Check farad.org. Not a problem for nursing kids, but we humans don’t need  a dewormer. 

Sorry about the italics. I’m on my phone. 

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