Disclaimer : I am not a vet. Although I may suggest medications, dosages, and treatments for animals, you should always have a vet, use a vet, and consult a vet.
I'm gradually moving Ben's old website onto the Helmstead website...
Scroll down for disbudding videos.
Medication/Remedy List With Dosages
I will attempt to compile this and
keep it up to date. This post will be added to and changed along the way
as the best course of medications and dosages change. So you might want
to revisit this post.
Moxidectin (Cydectin cattle/Quest/Quest Plus)
**DO NOT USE QUEST PLUS ON PREGNANT DOES**
*burns like mad. And very thick. Use a 18ga needle.*
Draxxin (vet Rx)
1 cc per 100 lbs every 5 days, sq for upper respiratory and mycoplasma
Zactran (vet Rx)
1 cc per 55 lbs every 10 days, sq for upper respiratory caused by mycoplasma
Baytril 100 (vet Rx)
4 cc per 100 lbs for 5 days, this is the BEST antibiotic on the market -
top tier - and should ONLY be used if nothing else has. Very
effective against pneumonia, mycoplasma, etc.
Red Cell (orally)
For anemia - 1cc/17lbs or 6cc/100lbs
M. Bovis (mycoplasma) 2 cc/goat repeat in 3 weeks. Repeat at 6
months. Repeat again in 6 months. Yearly thereafter. DO
NOT vaccinate kids under 45 days old. *can cause injection site
Disbudding Your Babies
This topic seems to be a very controversial subject, yet many don't know
how to do it and end up not doing it or they have scurs that might as well
be horns. I was taught by a gentleman in the SE United States who was
taught by one of the best, if not the best disbudder in the United States
(my opinion of course, but then again it is my
blog). Many use the same method I do, and many think that it is a
horrible method. If you are one that thinks it is a horrible method just
email me and I would be glad to send you pictures of what is truly
horrible. I would be referring to a buck that I bought that HAD scur-horns,
that myself and two others put in a stanchion, held down, and hacked said
scur-horns off. Very nasty, and unnecessary when disbudding is done
We are not talking about a nice copper ring here. That is exactly how the previously mentioned buck and many other goats I have seen over the years end up with scur-horns. Now don't get me wrong, you are going to have the occasional scur, but never a scur-horn. Typically when I do have a scur it is what I call a "thumbnail" scur, small, thin, and comes right off with a little twist by fingers or pliers.
What we are talking about is burning right down to the skull and removing the hide inside of the burned ring. This is done much easier than one would think. There are a few things you will need to do the job, so I will make a list and then I will be posting a video to show exactly how I do it...
Age: 1-10 days old. I judge each baby individually and as soon as I can feel the horn bud really well I disbud. Bucklings are usually ready much sooner than the doelings.
-Disbudding iron (Rhinehart X50 or the X30) Small Tip 1/2" (not the