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Hi! I was hoping for any information about organic herbal worming options. I will have 3 goats on organic farmland and need to find some organic options. Anyone recommend any products?




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Comment by gretta winkelbauer on April 1, 2011 at 10:25am

Hi! Thanks for the response. Yep, the goats have to be organic because they will be on organic farmland at Prairie Crossing Farm in Grayslake, IL. I am planning on rotational grazing and have a mobile house on wheels that I am planning on using. Although, I was not planning on moving them everyday, but after your post I am thinking that I should reconsider that. If I do end up using a chemical dewormer at first how long should I wait before I put them on the organic pasture? I currently have access to three areas on the farm that are about 1/2 acre each.

Thanks so much, Gretta

Comment by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on March 31, 2011 at 8:39am

If you are seriously totally organic, you will need to go with rotational grazing. There are no products that are proven to work as well as the chemicals. Put them on fresh pasture every day. If you look in the forum section, WorkingGoats4 has a picture of her pen made with livestock panels for her four goats that she moves every day. If you buy goats with a very low worm load, you can do this. Or you might need to use a chemical dewormer when you first buy them, and the put them on the organic pasture.

Everything on our farm is organic except the goats because our stocking ratio got too high. But basically in an organic system you are not simply looking for the natural alternative to a chemical killer -- you have a completely different culture within which you work. Rather than finding an organic squash bug killer, I plant my squash at a time when the bugs are mostly gone, and I use row covers. Conventional farmers are right when they say you can't farm organically -- if you do everything the way they do it, you have to use chemicals because they're operating within a different cultures. Hope that makes sense!

And you might get more responses if you post this in the "Health" section of the forum. There are also quite a few discussions there already about herbal dewormers. It's also important to know what part of the country you live in and how much land you have to work with. And do the goats have to be organic because of the farmland, or are you planning to have an organic dairy?

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