Herd Health Care – Management Series Part 3

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To preface this post – I am not a vet, certified herbalist, homeopathist, or aromatherapist. These statements are not reviewed by any veterinarian association or government body. I am sharing what works for me, my experiences, and what I have learned.

My medicine cabinet is probably a little different from most.

You won’t find the latest dewormers, vaccines, or antibiotics in it.

But that doesn’t mean it’s incompetent.


Herd Health Care – Management Series Part 3

Are you interested in raising your herd as holistically and naturally as possible but wonder WHERE to even get products you will need?

Today I am sharing my list of items and products that reside in my “goat stuff box”. This includes a few Canadian-owned companies.

One more note – know your vet. No matter how natural or holistic you want to go, there are situations where you will need to call a vet. I have and will again if the situation calls for it. (my vet is amazing)


Herbal Mixes

herd health care - management series part 3

Herbiotic – by Fir Meadow. I will NEVER be without this blend. It’s a powerhouse of herbs formulated by a master herbalist. And I’m telling you, it WORKS. This has saved animals before, whether it be rabbits or goats.

BreatheDeeplee! – by Fir Meadow. If you ever have animals struggling with coughs, sneezing, or just need a lung boost in the winter, this is the mix for those situations and more. (Check out her website and book).

Col&Blo – by Fir Meadow. I keep this one on hand for when I put the herd out on the grass in the spring. The herd enjoys it as tea and it keeps their guts happy.

DWormA – by Fir Meadow. Really enjoy using this mix! Kat does an amazing job of formulating excellent, high-quality mixes. While I don’t test to see how it is working, I have seen physical and overall well-being improve drastically after using this blend along with GISoother.

GI Soother – by Fir Meadow. I love combining this with the DwormA blend for excellent results. It also works great for sudden occurrences of diarrhea and upset stomachs.

HerBamine – by Fir Meadow. A herbal painkiller and anti-inflammatory.

And while we’re on the topic of Fir Meadow’s herbal mixes, here’s a few more I enjoy using: LayNLayer – for my laying hens. MilkMaid – for our dairy animals. BetterDaze – for any creature under the weather. I would also highly recommend stocking her Cayenne Tincture. I make my own. But it is called the emergency herb for good reason.

If you’re looking for a Canadian herbal dewormer, check out this Ontario-based business.


Minerals and the like

It can take a bit to figure out what mineral your herd likes. I started out with Bio’Ag’s goat premix but switched over to International Stock Food’s Goat Premix and my herd likes that a lot better.

Currently, I am doing a blend of kelp, mineral, yeast, and a selenium/vitamin E blend for my goats. This is something I figured out over time that works for my herd and I don’t recommend starting by doing this. The best way to start is by offering minerals free choice.

I use the following products from International Stock Foods:

  • Goat Specific Mineral
  • Superlac (it’s a combination of bypass dry fat and all the same ingredients as ISF’s Yeastpro, which is a yeast mix along with some trace minerals and vitamins)
  • Vitamin E & Selenium (this is a dry mix of these two. I use it instead of getting the little tubes of the supplement)

I use the following products from Bio-Ag:

Backwood Goats in Alberta is my go-to for copper boluses, along with probiotic paste and random goat items. She lists her catalogue here.


herd health care - management series part 3

Essential Oils

This post talks about them and the oils I use.


Random Stuff….

I also regularly use homeopathy with my herd. The top, main ones would include arnica, hypericum, apis, silica, sepia, and belladonna. To list all the ones I use for each goat or case would make this a super long post. Homeopathy is very much based on treating individual symptoms and animals. Recommend looking into it.

Not only do I use pre-made herb mixes, I also grow a large variety which the goats get in the winter as tea. I love gardening so have many, many herb plants.


The Day to Day – how I use everything

While that may look like a long list, the goats don’t get all of it every day. For example, I do not deworm on a schedule. I go by what the herd needs, or what an individual animal needs.

The main way I deal with parasite issues is by rotational grazing. If a goat isn’t there when the worm larvae hatch out, the goats can’t ingest them. Doing this takes away a huge amount of the parasite issues.

The second way is I select for parasite-resistant/hardy goats. If a goat can’t do well here without a whole load of supplementation and deworming, they don’t stay.

That’s short and sweet of deworming here. To learn more check out this post.

A lot of the other herbal mixes listed are for particular situations. Same with homeopathy remedies and essential oils.


Minerals…

I do a mix of mineral, kelp, superlac, and selenium/vitamin e mix. This mix I offer free choice along with free choice salt.

Apple Cider Vinegar I put in their water at a ratio of 1 cup to 5 gallons. The potassium in ACV helps aid in smooth kiddings, plus it’s an overall health booster.


herd health care - management series part 3

Maintenance

Feet are trimmed when they need it. For the winter that tends to be every 3 months or so because they are on a soft bedding pack. In the summer they often go up to 6 months without needing a trim.

Copper is done every 4 months. This is also something you will need to figure out for your herd.

I also do a pre-breeding season check on everyone. This includes weighing them, trimming feet, checking body condition, eye colour, copper levels (via physical signs), and overall health.

I don’t have a deworming schedule nor do I have a vaccination schedule – as I do not vaccinate.


Questions?

Sometimes it’s hard to remember what exactly you all do because it’s so routine and normal. It’s easy to forget that it wasn’t always that way and I learned it somewhere along the way. So, if you have any questions please comment below and ask!

Enjoy,

Megan


Herd Health Care – Management Series Part 3

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