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I hadn't heard this one before but people around here swear by it and I want a few more opinions before I go out and buy a plug of Brown Mule.

According to the locals, the best wormer for horses, pigs, donkey's and goats is a big old plug of tabacco administerd once a month. Now the whole idea of putting this in anythings mouth is just totally gross, especially since there can't be a worse habit anywhere, but will this work? Has anyone else ever heard of this or is this just one of those 'southern thangs'?
 

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After a neighbor started passing this information around, I sent a letter into a major goat publication and ask Dr. Joan Bowen, who has a column in there, how effective worming with tabacco is. She is a very well known small ruminant vet, for UC Davis. To adequately kill worms the dosage of nicotine the goat would have to have would also kill the rumen. So in essense the medicine would kill the goat before the worms would :) So no, worming with tabacco isn't going to work.

Please don't kill the messenger. We all want stuff like this to be true, and sadly it's the kind of care alot of goats get. Vicki
 
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