Composite Fecal Samples

Anthelmintic (dewormer) resistance is a worldwide problem and growing, not just in sheep and goats, but also cattle. The fecal egg count reduction test (FECRT) is currently the only method for determining anthelmintic resistance at the farm level. Because of the cost and labor associated with fecal egg counting (FEC), it is rarely performed on farms, unless it is for research purposes. One approach to reducing the cost of the FECRT is the use of pooled composite samples for performing fecal egg counts, rather than conducting FEC on 15-20 individual animals. Researchers at the University of Georgia conducted a study with 14 groups of cattle to compare the results of composite sampling versus

Parasites Kill Fewer Sheep Than Goats

Internal parasites kill fewer sheep than goats. In 2014, 71.9 percent of adult sheep death losses were due to non-predator causes. For lambs, non-predator death losses accounted for 63.4 percent of all losses. The top three causes of non-predator death loss in adult sheep were old age (24.3 percent), unknown non-predator causes (13.2 percent), and lambing problems (12.1 percent). The top three non-predator causes in lambs were weather-related causes (13.2 percent), unknown non-predator causes (12.6 percent), and lambing problems (11.7 percent). In 2014, internal parasites accounted for 8.6 percent of non-predator deaths in adult sheep (13,612 sheep) and 9.2 percent of non-predator deaths in

Free fecal egg analysis

The University of Rhode Island is offering free fecal egg count analysis to assist with selective breeding for resistance to gastrointestinal worms. The service is open to National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) members wanting to generate estimated breeding values (EBVs) for parasite resistance. It is also open to non-NSIP members living in New England, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia.

Worms Killed 87,000 goats in 2015

In 2015, about 500,000 adult and kid goats were lost to all causes (nonpredator and predator) in the United States, which represented 9.8 percent of U.S. adult goat inventory and 19.4 percent of kids born in 2015. Nonpredator causes accounted for about three-fourths of all adult goat and kid death losses in the United States in 2015. Undetermined causes (found dead or unknown) accounted for the highest number of nonpredator losses in both goats and kids. Of known losses due to nonpredator causes, internal parasites were the primary cause of loss, resulting in almost 87,000 goat and kid deaths in 2015. Internal parasites accounted for 22.7 percent of all known death losses: 24.8% of goats, 1

Replacement FAMACHA© cards for $9

FAMACHA is an invaluable system to determining when to deworm an animal. FAMACHA cards fade and should be replaced every 2 years. Replacemen

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