Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The good life

If you're a goat, the conditions couldn't be any better. Pasture quality is excellent and the weather is balmy, in the 70's.

Starting data for the test will be collected on Thursday, June 14. The goats will be weighed two days in a row. The fecal sample collected on June 14th will be compared to the sample collected on June 2 to determine the effectiveness of the triple deworming.

The goats will be given a very small dose of anthelmintic-susceptible worm larvae (Haemonchus contortus L3) on June 21. The purpose of dosing the goats with a low dose of larvae is to help "seed" the pastures with infective worm larvae. The amount of larvae being given is insufficient to cause clinical parasitism (sickness) in the goats.

Plenty of good quality forage.

Kiko bucks enjoying the nice weather.

A pair of Myotonic bucks.

One of two fullblood Boer bucks in the test.

Taking a break from grazing.

Pictures of this year's test will be uploaded to Flickr™ and can be viewed at any time at http://www.flickr.com/photos/baalands/sets/72157629912394810/.

Pictures of previous year's tests are also available on Flickr™ at  http://www.flickr.com/photos/baalands/collections/72157622671549924/.