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Diatom for my sheep

Posted: 30 Apr 2013, 13:29
by NannyP
Since my 3 sheep are grazing on 2/3rds of an acre, I am assuming it is not really a worming issue. However, for the sake of prevention rather than cure. Would it be okay to give them some Diatom to eat do you think?

Re: Diatom for my sheep

Posted: 30 Apr 2013, 16:55
by drfish
Food grade diatom is safe for all mammals and birds from what I've read up on it. I know bugger all about sheep, but have researched diatom quite a bit.

Re: Diatom for my sheep

Posted: 30 Apr 2013, 17:03
by NannyP
I have a bucket load of Diatom, as I rarely need it for the poultry, and bought 10kgs a couple of years ago. I shall give them some hidden in bread I think.

Re: Diatom for my sheep

Posted: 01 May 2013, 22:32
by chuck1
There could be quite a build up of worms on that amount of land, depending on the stocking density.

Re: Diatom for my sheep

Posted: 02 May 2013, 09:41
by NannyP
Just 3 sheep on the 2/3rds acre and 5 chickens.

Re: Diatom for my sheep

Posted: 02 May 2013, 21:39
by chuck1
Sorry, you said three in your first sentence ! The usual advice would be to worm them with a conventional wormer at least once a year. There are several types of wormers on the market and the advice has been for sheep and goats, to alternate the type of drug used. 2/3 of an acre could produce a big build up of worms if used continually.

Re: Diatom for my sheep

Posted: 02 May 2013, 22:55
by farmer Warren
most agricultural stores offer a feacal egg count service/kit which would give you a definitive answer ? i think i paid £10 for it last year at scats but that was a special offer

Re: Diatom for my sheep

Posted: 02 May 2013, 23:08
by debcat
diatom wont do them any harm, so I'd do with that as you have loads
we drench ours around every 3 months, but, when they are at home the stocking density isn't generous and when they are on common grazing we can't gaurentee that everyone is treating regularily
Fluke is a major problem here as well, so twice a year (at least) we treat for both
I'm presuming that your land hasn't been grazed before so there shouldn't be a worm burden
Diatom should keep most at bay and ducks :lol: are good for sorting fluke out

Re: Diatom for my sheep

Posted: 02 May 2013, 23:11
by NannyP
I'll have to work out how to ask in French lol

Oh, thanks Debs.
They've only been on the ground for 4 weeks and no, not grazed for at least 6 years as far as I am aware, so I am thinking all should be okay for a while.

Might have to think about ducks again! My last 2 left home :lol: :lol: