Wintertime Pests and Goats

Wintertime Pests and Goats
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 5 minutes Winter can be a difficult time to maintain goat health and production. In addition to the feed and housing requirements necessary to meet energy requirements with low temperatures, goats can also have increasing energy losses due to the external parasite burden. Though warm sunny days may seem a more likely time to find creepy crawlies on your critters, there are several varieties of external parasites that are more prevalent in winter than summer.  Infestations of lice in goats are generally more severe in winter months than summer. There are two types of lice that infest goats. Sucking lice and chewing lice. Sucking lice feed on the blood of the animal, while chewing lice feed on skin surface particles. Both varieties of lice have a similar life cycle, in which the lice live on the host. Because of this, transfer of lice is from

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