Webinar Recording Available

On August 22, 2017, ACSRPC member Dr. Joan Burke presented a webinar on Selection for Parasite Resistance. The webinar was sponsored by the American Sheep Industry Association's Let's Grow Program. It was hosted by Dr. Jay Parsons from the University of Nebraska. The webinar was recorded and is available for viewing on YouTube. The PowerPoint slides from Dr. Burke's presentation may be downloaded here. Genetic resistance to parasite infection is arguably the best means of gastrointestinal parasite control. It can be achieved through selection of sires with favorable estimated breeding values in programs such as the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP), which will be reflected by lower

Do goats develop immunity to parasites?

Immunity is the means by which goats become resistant to worm infection. The immune response by goats is complex and requires exposure to a sufficient level of infective worm larvae, and is not as well developed as with other livestock. Immunity can be either innate or acquired. Read WormBoss Article

Tribute to Jim Miller

Dr. Jim Miller, world renowned veterinary parasitologist, retired from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine and School of Animal Sciences on June 27, 2017. Jim and Carol Miller Dr. Miller received a BS degree from the University of New Mexico in 1966, and DVM, MPVM and PhD degrees from the University of California, Davis in 1978, 1982 and 1983, respectively. He is board certified in parasitology in the American College of Veterinary Microbiology. He has been a member of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine faculty since 1984. He was named the Everett D. Besch Professor of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 and recently served as the Interim Associate Dean

Goat Producer Input Needed

The USDA National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) is conducting needs-assessment surveys for its upcoming Goat 2019 study of the goat industry. To help NAHMS craft the most informative study possible and obtain data that will be most beneficial to you and others in the goat industry, PLEASE click the link below and answer a short survey. The survey should take 10 minutes or less to complete. NAHMS Goat 2019 Needs Assessment: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NAHMSGoat2019 The survey asks what you consider to be the most important health issues facing the U.S. goat industry. It also asks you to help identify the information that is needed regarding health-management practices used in t

Webinar: Selection for Parasite Resistance

The next ASI Let's Grow Webinar will be held Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at 8 p.m. The topic is Selection for Parasite Resistance. The speaker is Dr. Joan Burke. The host is Dr. Jay Parsons. Dr. Burke is a USDA-ARS Research Animal Scientist at the Dale Bumpers Small Farm Research Center in Booneville, Arkansas. Dr. Parsons is an agricultural economist at the University of Nebraska. The webinar is made possible with funding support from the Let's Grow Committee of the American Sheep Industry Association. The Let's Grow mission is to support and ensure the future of U.S. wool and lamb production. Genetic resistance to parasite infection is arguably the best means of gastrointestinal parasite con

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