Raw Pumpkin Seeds As A Dewormer For Livestock

This year sure has been a good year for pumpkins! We’ve harvested all the pumpkins from the garden and have set them on the front porch to cure.

Last week I made a fresh pumpkin pie, and sometime this week, I plan to either freeze or can some of the extra pumpkins that I don’t care to store in the cellar.

When I start to process the pumpkins I’ll be sure to save some seed for next year. The pumpkin variety that I grow is Connecticut Field. It’s a really nice old time variety that makes good pies and wonderful jack-o-lanterns.

Small Pumpkins

Small Pumpkins

Speaking of pumpkins, did you know that raw pumpkin seeds when fed to livestock in a large enough dose can help to reduce the load of tapeworms and roundworms? It’s true.

Raw Fresh Pumpkin Seeds

Raw Fresh Pumpkin Seeds

Raw pumpkin seeds contain an amino acid called curbitin which can eliminate some parasitic worms. The only problem is that very large doses of pumpkin seeds must be fed, and most animals can’t or won’t eat enough pumpkin seeds to have any noticeable effect upon the worms or the number of worm eggs. In theory, feeding pumpkins for the control of intestinal parasites is a good idea. But in practice it is not the most effective way to control worms in livestock.

Every fall we feed pumpkins to our sheep, cattle, hogs and chickens, but never substitute raw pumpkin seeds for more effective wormers.

Bowl of Raw Pumpkin Seeds

Bowl of Raw Pumpkin Seeds

  2 comments for “Raw Pumpkin Seeds As A Dewormer For Livestock

  1. LORI
    October 10, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I am enjoying your blog so much… my husband enjoys it too. I ‘ll miss your posts while you take a break and look forward to your return. Thanks for all you share to educate and inspire us.

  2. October 10, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Your pumpkins turned out beautifully! I only had three full sized ones and four of the miniature striped variety. Sorry that I don’t know what each were called. I saved seeds from pumpkins given to me last year.

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