Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Fecal Eggs Not Evenly Dispersed

Fecal eggs are not usually evenly dispersed in a flock or herd. It is estimated that 20-30% of the flock or herd is responsible for 70-80% of the egg output (per gram of feces).

This rule was tested with the Western Maryland Pasture Based Meat Goat Performance Test. On August 6, fecal egg counts ranged from 25 to 11,300 epg (for 79 goats). The cumulative egg count of the 23 goats with the highest egg counts was 99,425. This represented 70 percent of the total egg output of 142,475. The other 71% of the goats accounted for only 30% of the egg output.

The challenge is to determine which animals are the heavy egg shedders in your flock and/or herd -- and to get rid of them!

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