Goats with bottle jaw are in danger of dying. Cause is generally barber's pole worm but can also be liver-fluke or Johne's disease
Clumped faeces indicate worms. Tapeworms can be an issue in kids.
When mucous membranes are this pale your goats are in danger of dying of worms. Act now !
Arrange to host a FAMACHA (c) course on your farm and invite goat (sheep or alpaca) owners. $500 & travel plus cards at cost. Quotes given to goat clubs who often make a profit by running these courses. Zoom courses are also held regularly and a recording can be purchased.
I run these courses for goat owners that wish to do their own worm egg counts. Participants need to first buy their own microscope and egg counting chambers. An introduction to Worm Egg Counting via Zoom is also available with notes that list suppliers.
I inspect your pastures, study your past records, current paddocks & rotations then advise you on a plan to control worms on your farm. I jointly wrote the WormBoss goat website and a veterinarian who can provide worm drenches "off-label" with a prescription.
We sell 2kg packs of Bioworma across Australia. We keep supplies on hand at all times. These are insured and posted by Australia Post. We can also provide 7.5 kg buckets for larger herds. A 50 kg goat needs 3 grams a day.
I do faecal or fecal egg counts reduction tests for drench resistance by a modified method that allows the test to be done in small herds of goats. Also DrenchChecks are done with recommendations on future actions.
Small amounts of worm drench or Copper Oxide Wire Particle boluses can be provided via prescription to clients (whose property I have visited or goats I have seen) as part of a worm plan. See also the fact-sheet below or on on the blog & factsheet page about using COWP boluses for barbers pole worms
In barber's pole worm areas, your goats' eye colour should be checked at least every fortnight & weekly in summer
This video show you how to collect a faecal sample for worm egg counts. Faecal pellets can also be picked up off the grass if still warm and wet.
Keep the head horizontal and insert the drench gun over the tongue.