patchworkfibers at alltel.net
Sun Apr 16 19:09:12 EDT 2006
What do you see when you see signs of lice on sheep? One year a neighbor gave us a bunch of live roosters for the stew pot. While I was plucking, I "noticed" (like in - Good Grief! what are these awful bugs that are jumping on me and biting me - burn clothes - take a shower in the garden hose?) the roosters had lice - the lice were the size of big black ants. I'd guess that sheep lice aren't that big? :-)
I had a ewe leave here that showed up with lice at her next home. She had been wormed with ivormec and had been sheared about a month earlier and showed no sign that was apparent to me or the shearer. I admit that I wasn't looking for lice and am not sure of what to look for. I assume the shearer would have mentioned something if he saw signs, but maybe not. I dosed the whole bunch with Permethrin even though I didn't see anything suspicious. From what I've read, sheep can have lice with no symptoms until they are stressed so treating the whole flock seemed like a good idea.
I'm not sure why Ivermectin is a "natural" product???
Registered Jacob Sheep, Angora Rabbits, Handspun Yarn
On Sun, 16 Apr 2006 13:56:02 -0700, ARTHUR PARTRIDGE wrote:
> I'm on digest, so this is a late answer. I assume you mean lice on
> the sheep? I had one ewe last month that had a patch of lice
> activity on her upper thigh. My two choices were either a pour-on
> with diluted Permethrin and another pour-on 14-days later OR using
> Ivermectin oral paste (you could use the injectable made for
> sheep), just one dose. All the sheep in the same group need the
> treatment. I went with the easier method, the Ivermectin, which
> will only work on sucking lice, not the biting ones. They must have
> been sucking lice because the treatment worked. The sheep are also
> dewormed and de-botted(?) (bot flies) at the same time with the
> Ivermectin. I think Ivermectin is considered a "natural" product.
> I definitely prefer it to Permethrin insecticide. I waited until
> all the ewes finished lambing before I treated them. I might have
> to treat the lambs, I'm watching for any signs of lice. Cathy
> Moscow, Idaho
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