Back from the Vet: Gastrointestinal Parasites in Goats

There can be a multitude of reasons for any animal to be a poor doer. One common cause for animals not to thrive is gastrointestinal parasitosis.

Back from the Vet: Gastrointestinal Parasites in Goats
Reading Time: 5 minutes Springtime has come, with all of its green and growing. Your goat herd should have recovered from the stresses of winter and kidding and be ready for a productive summer. In any herd, there may be some goats that aren’t gaining as well as expected. There can be a multitude of reasons for any animal to be a poor doer. One common cause for animals not to thrive is gastrointestinal parasitosis.  The primary gastrointestinal parasites of goats are nematodes, or round worms. The most common of which are Haemonchus contortus, Teladorsagio (Osteragia) circumcinta, Ostertagia trifurcata, and Trichostrongylus axei. Haemonchus is more common in tropical and subtropical climates, or those receiving summer rain, while Ostertagia and Trichostrongylus are found in the more temperate climates. One of the nematodes, Haemonchus, causes the most severe disease, as the adult worm consumes large amounts of the host animal’s blood. Although the other nematodes

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