For the Love of Goats
Worms in goats are a common problem, and resistance to chemical dewormers is growing. Would you like to have an all-natural feed for your goats that was scientifically proven to kill intestinal worms, coccidia, and even housefly larvae in the goat manure? What if that food was also non-bloating and reduced the somatic cell count of milking does? Sericea lespedeza does all of that!
Today I’m talking to Tom Terrill, Ph.D., of Fort Valley State University in Georgia, an animal science professor and researcher who has studied sericea lespedeza for more than a decade. Dr. Terrill talks about how to incorporate lespedeza into your goats’ diet as forage, as pellets, or as hay. He also provides tips on planting and growing, as well as harvesting lespedeza hay.
Here is a fact sheet about sericea lespedeza authored by Dr. Terrill. Want more to read? Here are more than two dozen other studies and articles about sericea lespedeza, most of which were written by or co-authored by Dr. Terrill.
In the podcast we also talk about all of the incredible research you can find on parasite control at Wormx.info, which is the official website of the American Consortium of Small Ruminant Parasite Control.
Some varieties of lespedeza grow wild in the eastern half of the United States and other parts of the world. However, if you aren’t lucky enough to have it growing wild on your farm, you can buy seeds and plant it in your pasture or hay field. To purchase the AU Grazer lespedeza seeds or pellets, you can contact Sims Brothers.
We also talked about a farmer who sells lespedeza hay in South Carolina. Reed Edwards can be reached at 864-871-2575.
Tips for using sericea lespedeza to control parasites in your goats and sheep
- Feed as 25% or more of the diet
- For control of coccidia or barber pole worm, begin feeding at least two weeks prior to periods of stress, and continue to feed for at least six weeks afterwards
- Susceptible animals include kids at weaning and does that have recently given birth
This map, courtesy of Dr. Terrill, shows where lespedeza grows throughout the world:
This episode was sponsored by GoatsGivingBirth.com, an online course that I created to help you survive kidding season without losing your mind.
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