The Home Herdsman's Guide to Parasite Detection, Parasite Control, and Parasite Prevention in Livestock

Homesteaders new to animal husbandry will benefit mightily from this tract covering the different types of livestock parasites, parasite identification, and control methods.

| January/February 1973

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Beginning farmers usually do pretty well with gardens, chopping wood and building outhouses . . . but the birth of that first calf or litter of pigs generally sets 'em back a couple of notches. R.J. Holliday DVM, a veterinarian in Missouri and MOTHER EARTH NEWS contributor, intends to remedy the situation. His tool? A new handbook precisely designed to explain all the animal facts of life in language that new back-to-the-landers can understand.

Common Sense Control of Internal Parasites in Ruminants

No discussion of ruminant nutrition and management is complete without devoting some time to an understanding of the role played by internal parasites in disease conditions and in efficient production.

Cattle, sheep, and goats the world over support many kinds of internal parasites. Some of these hangers-on have no apparent ill effects on their hosts and seem only to be "along for the ride", while others cause such drastic symptoms that they make profitable production of livestock almost impossible in the areas where they occur.

The damage done by these creatures is threefold:

First, and most obvious, heavily parasitized animals do not enjoy good health and they do not "do" as well as animals that harbor only a few worms. Young animals that are severely affected are often permanently stunted and never realize their full potential for size and productivity.

Second, it's expensive in both dollars and time to buy and to administer the drugs commonly used to deworm animals.

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