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Mixing levamisole If you look at the packet of levamisole drench powder, you'll find different mixing directions. You can mix the standard drench (for cattle) by adding the contents of the packet to one quart (32 oz) of water. To mix the concentrated drench (for sheep), you mix the powder with 17.5 ounces of water. The different dilutions for levamisole are just a matter of different volumes to administer the same dose of drugs. The safety margin for levamisole in sheep is about 3X. In goats, because we (ACSRPC) recommend a 1.5X dosage, the safety margin is less than 2X. So -- there is a reasonable safety margin, if the drug is dosed appropriately. A 20 to 30 percent overdose shouldn't caus

Illustration of FAMACHA© method

ILLUSTRATION OF METHOD FOR EXPOSING THE MUCOUS MEMBRANES OF THE LOWER EYELID for anemia (J.A. van Wyk, University of Pretoria, South Africa) Most commonly, the mucous membranes are more even in color than in the photo, but when more or less colorless blotches do occur as in the photo and/or the color of the exposed blood vessels are more intensely red than the rest of the background, it is the color of the vessels that is evaluated against the FAMACHA © color card. The packed cell volume (haematocrit) of the animal shown on the photo was 32 percent. The exposure of the mucous membranes for FAMACHA© evaluation is achieved by applying gentle pressure and sliding the upper eyelid downwards to c

Two FAMACHA© Workshops Scheduled in Maryland

Two FAMACHA© Workshops have been scheduled in Maryland. The first workshop will be held Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Vista View Farms in Damascus. The second workshop will be held Sunday, August 13, 1 to 5 p.m., in Southern Maryland at Zekiah Farm in Waldorf. The first workshop will also include a demonstration of precision farming techniques, including use of electronic ID and automatic scales. Vista View Farm received a Northeast SARE grant to use real-time generated rate-of-gain to determine anthelmintic need in lambs. Along with University of Maryland Extension, Northeast SARE is a co-sponsor of the workshop. Workshop participants (over the age of 16) will become certified

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