How soon after worming can you see an improvement?

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How soon after worming can you see an improvement?

Postby Texas Gal » Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:18 pm

I was talking with a new neighbor. He is new to the country and livestock in general ( cows in particular). He has a couple of yearling heifers that aren't going as well as he would like. I asked if he had wormed them; when he responded no, I suggested that he do that first rattle out of the bucket. He asked me how soon after worming them could he expect to see an improvement, i.e. slicking off, etc. Ummmm..... I didn't have a specific answer - just told him in a few weeks he should see an improvement in their hair coat and they should start putting on more weight provided they had adequate groceries. What is the "correct" answer to how soon after worming can you see an improvement?
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Re: How soon after worming can you see an improvement?

Postby Ebenezer » Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:07 pm

A heavy load of parasites will be in the manure and obvious, especially tape worms within a day. Bodily improvement will depend on level of parasitism before treatment, mineral status and feed quality and quantity. Average guess: 10 days+.
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Re: How soon after worming can you see an improvement?

Postby JMJ Farms » Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:34 pm

Ebenezer pretty well summed it up. I’ve seen some that didn’t even look like the same cows at all after 30 days. I’ve seen some improvement within a week or so at times. Other times I’ve wormed and you’d never have known it. Just depends on whether or not the had adequate nutrition and whether worms are the real problem.
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Re: How soon after worming can you see an improvement?

Postby Lucky » Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:50 am

I would think 10-15 days and you will see an improvement. If he really wants to kick them in gear give them a shot of Multi-Min90, it works wonders.
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Re: How soon after worming can you see an improvement?

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:50 am

Lucky wrote:I would think 10-15 days and you will see an improvement. If he really wants to kick them in gear give them a shot of Multi-Min90, it works wonders.

Totally agree!
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Re: How soon after worming can you see an improvement?

Postby Bright Raven » Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:18 am

I agree on when you may see outward improvement but if they had a heavy worm load, there are immediate benefits. Some parasites are extremely destructive. The ones that have life cycles that go through other organs than the intestines can be harmful to health.
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Re: How soon after worming can you see an improvement?

Postby JW IN VA » Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:40 am

Something I've never done but should is take fecal samples to the vet and let them check for worm eggs.May not need to worm.I probably could have saved a bunch of money by now if I didn't need to deworm when I did.
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Re: How soon after worming can you see an improvement?

Postby Lucky » Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:52 am

I know some people that do this. They don’t take it to the vet but just check with a microscope. Wormer is expensive and we worm everything at least twice a year. Thing is a calf only has to loose or not gain 3-4 pounds because of worms and you’ll be a wish I had.
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Re: How soon after worming can you see an improvement?

Postby Stocker Steve » Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:48 pm

3 weeks
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