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Goats are worms a problem?

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 06:18

Christopher - I used to have a smallholding and kept a herd of dairy goats.

 If you wish to keep goats can I recommend that you attend a course in goat keeping - if you google you should be able to find a course in your area..  

Goats require a lot of attention, they have to be regularly wormed with appropriate medication and their hooves have to be regularly trimmed by someone who knows how to do this.  You also need to know some specifics about goat husbandry and their health, and of course if you intend to milk your goats you will also need to know about mating and assisting at kidding time, when to call the vet etc.  If you are not an experienced hand-milker you'll need to learn how to do that and dairying skills so that you know how to process milk to keep it safe for consumption.

There are Government regulations which apply to the keeping of sheep and goats, whether they are kept as pets or commercially.  and also regulations as to their welfare  

Also the type of housing and fencing of land needed for goats to be safe, healthy and for them not to cause damage to your own property or that of others, needs to be properly designed and built.  

Check out the British Goat Society website , talk to local members and find a recommended goatkeeping course in your area.

Regarding your query about goats - if your goats are properly kept they will not have intestinal worms - you will be worming them regularly with a vermicide recommended by your vet.  Goat manure is very good indeed for composting and growing vegetables. 

If you have any more questions I'd be pleased to help. 


Posted: 14/04/2014 at 20:50

They look like new growth to me - new growth on azaleas is usually lighter - it will turn darker before too long. 

Looks a lovely healthy plant 

Weedkiller to use before new lawn?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 20:41

Maybe a sensible solution would be to mow and patch now - then if it doesn't settle to your satisfaction by September you can prepare it properly and seed an new lawn.

That way your children get to play on the lawn this summer, and then you can all stay off the lawn over the winter when it's new. 

Leeks,Carrots & Cabbage

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 20:33

Yeah, but it's a bit of a roller coaster isn't it?  One minute the beetroot seedlings  look great - the next minute the fence painter has stepped on them - but we're all in this together 

New to gardening need advice

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 20:28

Cleverduck - start a new thread with 'Chilli' in the title - the chilli-heads, especially Stacey, will answer your chilli questions 


Plant id - looks like pulmonaria but the leaves are wrong

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 20:20

Well, I'm a late arrival here, but I'd say comfrey too 

Hello Woody - good to see you 

Plant ID, updates and confirmations.

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 20:06

Hmmm yes,3, sycamore - you probably don't want that - I'd get that out before it's bigger than your house and shades the whole garden and you have acres of baby sycamores springing up everywhere - unless you have a couple of acres that is. 

Wildlife Pond plants.

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 20:00

We began to plant our pond up about two weeks ago - at the moment Brooklime, Creeping Jenny  and Water Violet are doing very well, and we have several clumps of hornwort.

I want to get some Water Crowfoot, Flowering Rush, Pennyroyal and must get some Frogbit.  

help to identify and how to grow more?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 19:31

There are these 

but there are lots of others, similar to Bowles' Mauve - this is the website of a National Collection  which also has cultivation information.

Aren't they gorgeous? 

weed seedlings

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 16:31

Have you got a list of the types of seeds you've sown, together with anything that grew there last year that might have self-seeded and that you'd like to keep?  

When the seedlings have started developing some proper leaves, rather than just the two seed leaves, show us some photos and give us the list, and we'll see if we can identify the goodies from the baddies - but no guarantees given

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