Validation of the FAMACHA© system in South American camelids

Camelids experience similar problems with Haemonchus contortus and multiple drug resistance as small ruminants. Therefore; the FAMACHA© system should provide benefit. But does it? University of Georgia researchers conducted a validation study of the FAMACHA© system on 21 llama and alpaca farms over a two-year period. They used the FAMACHA© system to score the color of the lower eyelid. Packed cell volumes (PCVs) were measured and compared to FAMACHA© scores. On 17 of the 21 farms, Haemonchus contortus was the primary parasite. PCV was determined to be statistically associated with FAMACHA© score, fecal egg count (FEC), and body condition score. The use of FAMACHA© scores >3 and PVC >15% pr

New Fact Sheet from Australia

A new fact sheet on managing worms in goats (in New South Wales, Australia) has just been published on the New South Wales DPI website: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/animals-and-livestock/sheep/health/internal-parasites/managing-worms-in-goats-in-nsw. It is a joint venture by veterinarians from Hunter Local Land Services (Dr Kylie Greentree) and NSW DPI (Dr Stephen Love). The 22-page fact sheet is in no way a substitute for the information on WormBoss, which is Australia’s premier resource for managing worms in sheep and goats. Rather the fact sheet is meant as a stepping stone for those who would prefer information on goat worm control in an "all in one document." If it all possible, it is

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Hair sheep tend to be more resistant to gastro-intestinal parasites than wooled sheep or goats.