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How to Make Dosage Balls for Goats

If you are reading this, you are looking for a way to get your goat to eat their herbs! When we first started using preventative herbal wormer treatments with our goats, we tried using it as a top dressing on their grain.  This didn’t work for us. I had no idea how they did it, but they would leave a pile of herbs at the bottom of their feeder and eat all the grain.  So, the following is what we wound up doing to get our dairy goats to take their herbs and even beg for more. The answer is making dosage balls for your goats.

STEP 1 

Gather your ingredients:

Your favorite herbal wormer, molasses, and flour.

On our farm, we use Fir Meadows herbals.  Specifically, we use the DWA and the GI Soother.

The dose is one teaspoon of each  of the Fir Meadow herbals per dose for our full size goats – 8 teaspoons in total. This is going to make four dosage balls.  We use a small fork to whisk it together before the next step.

STEP 2

Slowly pour a little molasses over the herbals. Start with a little. You don’t want to add too much. If you do, it will be too sticky and you won’t be able to easily form it into balls.  You can always add more, but you can’t take any out. You’ll know if you have enough in after you’ve stirred it for a while. See the next step to see what I mean.

STEP 3

After you’ve stirred a bit, you’ll also have to mash the herbs and the molasses together. It’ll take a while, so don’t think you need to add more until you’ve mashed it thoroughly.

Add more molasses if necessary.  It will look like this when it is ready.  It won’t be too sticky, but have the consistency of  Play-doh.

You will know its enough when the herbs and molasses don’t stick to the bowl anymore.  If it doesn’t stick to the bowl, it won’t stick to your hands for the next step, either.

STEP 4

Pick it up and mold it into a log.  Because I put in four doses, I will split this up into four equal parts.

Here are my four equal pieces.

STEP 5

Roll them in flour.  We are a wheat-flour-free home, so our goats get them rolled in almond flour.

If I make more than I need for a single dosage, I keep them in a plastic container in a small amount of almond flour.

That’s really all there is to it.  My goats will fight over these lovely treats.  It’s amazing how they’ve changed their attitude when there is molasses involved!  We use them not only for parasitic mitigation, but also for getting them to take herbal supplements to help with immunity.

Additionally, I have found molasses mixed with oatmeal and their annual or bi-annual copper works wonders!

Want to learn more about goat breeding?  Follow this link to our blog on that.

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