External Parasites

External parasites in cashmere goats are normally detected during shearing or combing. If the small, dandruff-like flakes on a freshly shorn back move, they are probably lice and control measures are in order. Lice eggs can also be observed clinging to shorn fiber and this fiber should be discarded. Control is achieved using topical liquids or powders such as Coral, Atroban or Ivomec. Wood ticks can feed on goats but cause no known ill effect. Sheep keds are not normally found on goats. Goats that scratch themselves every few minutes with their horns should be inspected for lice and treated accordingly.

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