paul wheaton wrote:
Sounds crazy at first, but after he explains it, it makes good sense.
It sounds as if he has his own little laboratory. At least he has a microscope and a centrifuge. He tests his animals for parasites. And it sounds as if he has done some very careful observations on this path.
The important thing is: he uses no wormers on his animals. While there are many factors for this, one of them is that he keep a rich diversity of plants including poisonous plants. When animals need something, they are driven by instinct to get a particular flavor of plant that will make them feel better.
Of course, if you pen an animal up and feed it nothing but "purina animal chow" then you take on the responsibility for the animal's health.
Jami McBride wrote:
Sepp Holzer says "plant lots of poisonous plants"
And I would add Herbs.... for animal self medication.
I love the book - Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable. Juliette recommends kelp or seaweed meal for prevention of worms and fluke in goats and sheep, and to stay away from 'other' salts. She believes, as Sepp does, that animals will find and administer most of what they need if it is available. I do not remember off hand what she recommends to get rid of a bad worm infestation.
Well most plants we plant are poisonous no? Tomato, peppers, clamatis, figs and elephant ear are all poisonous unless they are cooked, or as in peppers/tomato, we can eat the fruit.
I havnt seen anyone mention WORMWOOD here. TI was used for a very long time as a dewormer, and is hardy to zone 4. A nice plant as well, and does inhibit some plant growth in a small area around it (so ive read), but ive seen it planted in proximity to tons of things.
John Polk wrote:There is a natural product sold for worming pets/livestock, called Verm-X. They make different formulations for horse, poultry, swine, goats, etc. etc. (since Nov. 2010 they have been certified organic).
They are not cheap, but here is a list of what's in it:
Seven listed ingredients in Verm-X:
Garlic, (Allium Sativum)
Cayenne, (Capsium Minimum)
Slippery Elm (Ulmus Fulva),
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum),
Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris),
Peppermint (Mentha Piperita).
That should be a good starting point.