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Not worming unless necessary...
Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:55 pm
Had an interesting discussion with my vet today.
We've got 2 lovely castrated males (Mungo and Murdo - thankyou Di!) on about 1 acre of orchard. The land hasn't had animals on it for many years. Where possible I pick up the KK's droppings (good for my compost heap!).
The vet suggests that worming may not be necessary, and that I might want to consider sending in a sample for them to test before deciding to do so.
Seems like a good principle to me - only use medicines when you know you need to.
What do you think?
Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:00 pm
My friend does this with her alpacas.
Its worth it for a few animals, but not really viable for those with large herds.
I'm all for using no medicines!
Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:33 pm
I agree. I have 4 KK's plus 50 or so Tamworths and I only worm, vaccinate or use medicines if I really have to.
I have only ever had a worm problem once and that was quickly eradicated. My opinion is, the more unnatural things you put into living creatures, the more problems are likely to arise.
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 9:54 am
Basically, before giving any medicine, pros and cons will be weighed up by the vet. With regards to worming, on the whole, we would recommend it, but obviously every case will vary.
In this case of the 2 boars, the risk of them picking up worms is low, due to the pasture they are on, so yes, I would agree with the vet, you probably don't need to worm them. Unnecessary treatments can aid resistance to said treatments!
However, you cannot eliminate all risk - worms could be brought onto the land by wildlife and neighbours pets. And if they did pick up worms, not only would it be detrimental to the pigs, it could also be a risk to yourself or any children that have access to the pigs.
Best thing to do would be to work with your vet and monitor, by regular sampling of the faeces, the worm burden of the pigs, so if they did pick up worms you could get on top of it early on.
Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 11:26 pm
Thanks for your comments, I'm going to follow the vet's suggestion.
How frequently do you think I should get the faeces tested? Would every 6 months be OK?
Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 1:01 pm
Worming should be done every 3 to 6 months, depending on the suspected worm burden of the pasture. So checking every 6 months should be fine in your case. If, when checking every 6 months, you begin to see an increasing worm burden, it may be better to check more frequently. Again, work with your vet as they may have protocols on this sort of thing.