The worst problem with sheep and goats is parasites, especially the barber pole worm, which sucks the blood right out of the stomach, leaving the animal so anemic it cannot survive. The farm has lost two goats to that problem when they became resistant to worm medicines. The barber pole worm is adapting and the strong survive the chemical wormers, there by remaining in the sheep after treatment. As a farmer, the worming of the animals is complete and the animals should respond and be healthy, but this is not so. In some areas, Ivomectin has been so overused that it is no longer being effective. Now, Jennifer has come down with a serious case of worms and is so anemic I fear she will die. I have been giving her Newcells injections every day to boost her blood and I also switched to Valbazen, which is a wormer that should be effective, but Jennifer then got bottle jaw. This is fluid collecting under the chin and causing a swelling from the worm overload and ususally when that happens, the case if fatal. Jennifer is Icelandic and a strong sheep though I now fear she will not make it. There is little else I can do for her now, except continue to pray for her recovery, love her and keep the medicines up. Bless you J
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