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Okay, sometimes my mind wanders aimlessly. During one of the jaunts I mused on the generally accepted practice of deworming sheep before and/or after transfer of ownership (moved from one farm to another). I wondered if this was really a good practice. By deworming are we not selecting for and delivering only those worms from the flock of origin which are resistant?



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The recommended practice is to treat incoming sheep and goats with a cocktail of drenches from the 3 different classes of drugs simultaneously. They should also be quarantined for 30 days, ideally on a dry lot where pastures won't become contaminated. You could simultaneously do a fecal egg count reduction test to see what the kill rate is. The SCSRP website has further information on this and other issues of parasite management. It is an excellent site.



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