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FAMACHA Clinin in East Tennessee

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by HappyVol, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. FourSnyders

    FourSnyders Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are Famachas? Are they a cross between Lamachas and something else?

    The Snyders
     
  2. HappyVol

    HappyVol Out Of The Brooder

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    FAMACHA is a method of deciding who may need worming. It is not a replacement for fecal checks, more of a aid to the producer.
     
  3. Thunderhill

    Thunderhill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The thing is....FAMACHA method teaches to check the paleness of the eyelids before worming. To me, pale eyelids are a sign of anemia, beit a slight case or not.
    I prefer to worm on a schedule and prevent even the slightest anemia at all. We still check fecals and such and will be learning to do this ourselves. I guess its just a matter of personal preference and what works best for each individual
     
  4. HappyVol

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    The experts at all the Vet. Hospi9tals are saying that worming on Schedule whether the goat needs it or not is what is causing super worms. That is why safeguard no longer works and several others are on the verge of not protecting our animals against the barberpole worm, which is a blood sucker, which causes anemia.

    No, FAMACHA is not a cure all but if one learns the proper way of using it along with fecals, it will save worming a doe who has bright bright pink eye lids. That is my personal preference.

    Thunderhill, this is Rockytopsis by the way. I could not use the name here for some reason or other. The clinic will be conducted by a Vet. from the University of Tennessee and my own local vet will be here to answer questions.
     
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  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    whats the best thing to worm goats with?
     
  6. Thunderhill

    Thunderhill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I understand why people use it. I check my goats fecals before worming...that tells me the most. It's just a matter of what method works best for you. I hate to see pale eylids. Doing Fecals can tell me when I have/getting any kind of worming problem. I rotate between 4 wormers so that my goats don't build a resistance.
    Works best here in the hot humid South for us..[​IMG]
     
  7. HappyVol

    HappyVol Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I would check with other goat owners in your area to see what works for them. I use Cydectin here with good success using the FAMACHA method.

    I don't have a microscope and with 20-25 goats on the farm year round, I cant afford for a Vet to do the fecals every 3-4 months. Right now we have 43 animals, (counting kids) wit 2 more does due soon.
     
  8. firefighter9208

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    Quote:The goats don't build a resistance. The worms do. If you talk to the vets at any of the universities (Alabama A&M, Tennesse State University) that do Goat research they will tell you to stick with one wormer until it quits working and then rotate to another wormer. Using a rotation (according to the experts) will one day cause the worms to build up a resistance to all the wormers at one time.

    I have been to a FAMANCHA workshop and have cut my worming cost and problems by 75%. Along with FAMANCHA they teach proper techniques for doing fecals and using a microscope to detech the different types of worms.

    Another aspect to consider is culling. One of the Veterinarians at the FAMANCHA workshop stated that usually 10% of your goats would shed 90% of the worm eggs. I now religiously cull any goat that I "have" to worm more than 4 times in a year.

    Another thing to consider in a complete worming program is the addition of AU GRAZER (serecia lespedeza) to your hay feeding regimend. I found a local producer with square bales this past summer. I have also found one producer that bales it in large rounds that I plan to buy for this winter. The Tanins in the lespedeza have proven (through research at the above mentioned universities) to reduce the instances of worms in goats. My goats will run over you and stand on top of a bale of bermuda hay to get to a bale of serecia lespedeza.

    here are a couple links:::
    http://www.aces.edu/department/forages/ForageAUGrazer03.htm . http://www.simsbrothers.com/index.htm

    Chris
     
  9. Goattalker

    Goattalker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rockytops, did you sign up for the fecal class on the other board? It is your first line of defense, eyelids are the second best, but better than nothing. When you check them, you really don't know what you need to treat for, shock will give you pale eye lids, cocci will and worms. The treatments are TOTALLY different.
     

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