New Web Site: Duddingtonia is a new web site dedicated to disseminating facts and information concerning the efficacy of Duddingtonia flagrans in the successful treatment of parasite infestations in grazing animals around the world. Duddingtonia flagrans (abbreviated to D. flagrans) is a natural strain of fungus isolated from the environment and found around the world. It is a nematophagous fungus. Nematophagous is a Greek word meaning "worm-eating". D. fragrans is found on pasture (rarely soil) or in manure where it builds a microscopic net that traps, paralyses, and consumes the juvenile stages (larvae) of parasitic worms. It is highly host specific, only targeting parasitic nematodes. When fed to

New Treatments for Resistant Worms

Chemical & Engineering News recently published an article about drug resistant roundworms and the search for new treatments. Dr. Ray Kaplan is quoted several times in the article. We need a “philosophical shift” away from the blanket drug use model, one that includes a more holistic approach to parasite control and sustainable use of new drugs, Kaplan says. Read article

Video: Antiparasitic Resistance

This video from the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine discusses antiparasitic resistance in cattle, sheep, goats, and horses.

Frosts Don't Kill Worms

The most commonly heard misconception about worms has to be “frost kills worms”, and therefore sheep don’t get infected after the frosts. While it is true that some types of worm larvae directly exposed to frost can die, many larvae are very well protected by pasture and soil. Read ParaBoss article

All Worms All Day

All Worms All Day is the theme of the Delmarva Small Ruminant Conference to be held Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware. The all-day conference will focus exclusively on gastrointestinal parasites, which are problematic on most small ruminant farms. The program will seek to educate stakeholders on the most up-to-date methods and recommendations for controlling parasites. It will include general and concurrent sessions and a separate program for older youth. All speakers in the adult program are members of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC). They include Dr. Kwame Matthews, Delaware State University; Dr. Nelson Escobar,

Online FAMACHA© Training: An Update

An online training program for FAMACHA© has been developed and piloted by Dr. Katherine Petersson, PhD and Dr. Anne Zajac, DVM, PhD, members of the ACSRPC, as an alternative for small ruminant producers who are unable to attend a workshop. Funds for development of the program are provided by a Northeast SARE grant (LNE15-342) administered by the University of Rhode Island entitled, “New Approaches for Improving Integrated Parasite Control Strategies for Small Ruminants in the Northeast.” The online training program was launched in March 2016 and as of September 22, 2017, seventy-eight participants have completed the 4-step certification process and another forty participants are in progress

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