I think it is important to ensure really good health in your sheep to
help them naturally resist the effects of worms. Pasture rotation
helps reduce the worm population overall but the sheep will still
have worms. If the sheep are very healthy, the loss of blood from the
worms (with barber pole worms) won't affect them much. I have no
experience with tape worm in sheep so I don't know what its life cycle is.
I think I have been able to avoid deworming for 17 years because 1)
I've invested in higher protein feeds, which has built a stronger
immune system that can resist the blood loss; and 2) rotated pastures
every week so that 30 days elapse before sheep return to grass
they've already grazed.
At 09:36 AM 7/21/2015, you wrote:
I am curious, for those that don't deworm how do you control the
worm population in your flock? Even with rotating pasture every 2
weeks we have had to deal with tape worms for the 1st time this
year. We have wormed with Safe Guard (fenbendazole) and are
feeding diatomaceous earth with the feed every other day.
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