Use Holidays as Targets for Your Deworming Plan this Year

There is a wealth of content available for those looking for information on deworming. The number of articles, videos, and podcasts covering the topic could overwhelm producers.

At Sioux Nation Ag Center, we strive to inform our customers without drowning them in information. For this reason, we have simplified the deworming process to help you create the best plan for your herd. Remember, the best results come from a combination approach of fenbendazole and an indecticide. The Sioux Nation Ag Center experts can help you determine the products that best fit your operation.

4th of July
When you celebrate the nation’s independence and our personal freedoms, you can also free your cattle from the burden of their parasite load.

Cows, heifers, and calves will all be shedding worm eggs six to eight weeks after turnout to pasture. This is when the cleanup of the entire herd should happen.
• Animals have started to shed worms and will begin to re-infest themselves as they keep eating the grass where the eggs and larvae have been excreted.
• Cows will re-breed better if they are not fighting worms that rob them of nutrients and energy.
• Pastures will stay cleaner as livestock won’t pick up as many worms later in summer and won’t be shedding as many.

Deep into harvest time, when planning our annual feasts and practicing thankfulness, we should also be planning our second round of deworming.
• Deworm calves as they are pulled off grass and mom.
• Deworm cows after harvest when they are being moved from grass to cornstalks or during preg checking.
• Take comfort in the fact that your herd is not picking up worms during the cold Midwest temperature; at least we can be thankful for that part of winter.