Hi ya'll. I've seen some research on using Garlic Barrier (juice) for sheep and goats (http://www.garlicbarrier.com/sheep.html), but wondered if anyone has used it on hogs. We've got nine 6-month Kune Kune pigs that're around 75-100 pounds each. Also, any resources on other natural medicines for pigs are welcome! I'm having a hard time finding good information -- much easier to find for sheep, fowl, etc. Thanks!
Hi Joni; I have never heard of using garlic as a dewormer on pigs. It may work just fine. (hmm garlic flavor pork chops) I use food grade diatomaceous earth for any and all my potential parasite problems. The bug killer that you can eat! A 50# sack costs on average $ 50.00 available at most feed stores or online at amazon or ebay. I add apx 2% to their grain and in ten years I haven't had a single problem. I even add it to MY coffee every day to keep my digestive system clean and happy. With the pigs it has the added benefit of reducing the poop smell and limits the amount of fly activity. I take a can and sprinkle extra D.E. on the poop piles. I understand that kune kunes are more of a forage pig rather than a sleep in front of the grain feeder pigs. You may need to feed them treats coated with D.E. to get it in their system. It is completely safe, you can't feed them to much, but you might feed them to little. My pigs will eat just straight D.E. out of my hand. Make sure you are getting only food grade D.E. any other grade is not for consumption. Give it a try I think you will be very happy with the results.
We've had the good fortune each fall season of being gifted with a lot of pumpkins and winter squash. The seeds of these crops are supposed to be a good anti-helminth. Try cross-searching "squash seeds" and "(de)-worming".
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I've not used garlic juice. I use garlic powder. I did double blind testing across multiple species including pigs and found the garlic powder to be quite effective. See: http://SugarMtnFarm.com/worms-au-natural for more experience on worms and pigs. Managed rotational grazing is the most powerful tool against parasites.
I use garlic powder, rosemary, DE, pumpkin seeds, and rely on forages known to help with worms and paracites such as chickory, radish, other seeded in herbs, and wild medicinals. Of course paddock management too. My plan is to seed in more specific herbs so the pigs can self regulate their health a little better and easier, and with less involvement from me.