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It’s great raising livestock…if they are healthy! If you raise cattle for sale and have the grass for them to eat, you can make money while also filling your own freezer with healthy meat.
Beginning to raise our own meat was something we started doing the year after we moved here. It was an important part of our getting started homesteading.
And if you can raise your own goats, meat chickens or sheep, you can provide all the meat you could need for your family. And it’s fairly easy to do – you just have to put in the time.
This is when they are healthy!
The problems with raising animals comes when they are NOT healthy. Things happen; animals get sick or eat something they should not have.
Then it can be a costly and sometimes, heartbreaking difficulty. It’s important to try to always keep your animals as healthy as possible.
An inexpensive supplement that should be a regular part of livestock raising is this recipe for deworming cattle, horses, dogs, goats, sheep, pigs and other animals.
Why you need to deworm your farm animals
Livestock can be affected by worms just by grazing on pasture. They can also get worms by drinking water or eating food that has been contaminated with manure. No matter how clean you keep your animal feeders, worms are always a possibility.
If you have livestock, internal worms can easily become a problem. They can cause your animal to have weight loss, low energy, vomiting and other difficulties.
You will want to deworm all of your livestock every spring and summer. You will see the schedule below – follow this as just another part of the regular maintenance for your animals.
Whether you have chickens, pigs, goats or other livestock you want them to enjoy good health for the time they are with you. You can also use this natural dewormer for cats and dogs.
Here’s how to make a herbal dewormer – it will be cheaper than store bought. It definitely doesn’t have any chemicals in it, which is exactly what we want!
You should be able to find most or all of the ingredients at your grocery store or your natural health store.
How to make a natural dewormer
Mix in equal parts:
- fennel seed
- dehydrated garlic
- pumpkin seed
- red clover
Mix well and keep any extra dewormer in a sealed container.
Note: The amount given depends on the type of livestock AND the age. Amounts below are for full grown animals – reduce the feeding allotment for younger livestock.
Natural Herbal Dewormer For Goats:
Mix 1 tablespoon of the herb blend with one tablespoon of diatomaceous earth and then mix this into the daily ration of grain.
For 30 birds, add one cup of de-wormer to their daily grain ration.
When to Feed Herbal Dewormer
Add this natural dewormer to the feed rations for the first week of every month during Spring and Summer. Making sure that you deworm all of your animals regularly is another step in maintaining their health.
Healthy animals are happy animals and we want healthy animals to harvest, just like we want healthy food for eating.
Put this natural herbal dewormer on your schedule!
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