Duddingtonia - Update

BioWorma and Livamol with BioWorma are now registered in Australia, New Zealand and the USA by International Animal Health Products Pty Ltd (IAH) www.iahp.com.au. For Australia and New Zealand, the products are expected to be launched in July in readiness for the spring. For the USA, while the company has US EPA approval, our understanding is that they will now need to apply to each state before commencing sales. We will update you when more information becomes available. Product claims: Natural biological control that captures and consumes infective worm larvae (including chemical/anthelmintic multi-resistant larvae) within the manure of grazing animals. There are no negative effects on n

Ever heard of sheep measles?

“Ever heard of Sheep Measles?” It’s really not “measles” as we humans know it. The “measles” in sheep measles are really cysts caused by two different tapeworms, spread by dogs. This disease can be controlled to some extent then by deworming dogs. Yes, as you might, expect coyotes also carry the tapeworms. However, deworming your domestic dogs can substantially reduce this problem. Source: Cleon's Corner Read full article by Cleon Kimberling, DVM

FAMACHA© Out West

Two FAMACHA© workshops have been scheduled for the western US: Utah and Montana. The first workshop will be held Wednesday, June 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p .m., at the Box Elder Fairgrounds in Tremonton, Utah. The second workshop will be held Wednesday, July 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Longview Farm/Ravilli Hops in Stevensville, Montana. To register for the workshops, go to www.ncat.org/events. For more information, contact Dave Scott at daves@ncat.org or (406) 533-6642.

New EU Network to Combat Resistance

Fifty-nine researchers from 25 countries met for the first time at the University of Life Sciences of Warsaw in Poland to discuss a coordinated approach in tackling anthelmintic resistance in ruminants. The network (“COMBAR – COMbatting Anthelmintic Resistance in Ruminants) will be supported over the 4 next years by the EU COST programme and aims to harmonize procedures, train young researchers and generate new data to support the transition to sustainable worm control approaches. Thereby it will focus on 3 pillars: diagnostics, socio-economic aspects and novel control approaches. Further info with access to complete description of COMBAR aims and programme: http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/c

Graze Away Parasites

Cattle, horses, sheep, and goats are all susceptible to internal parasites, which can be devastating to producers economically. In an article in Hay & Forage Grower, Adam Speir, a county extension agent with the University of Georgia’s forage extension team offers four tips for better pasture management to help reduce parasite pressure. Read article in Hay & Forage Grower

How to Administer COWP

A series of YouTube videos will be available to assist producers with techniques and principles in control of gastrointestinal nematodes. The first video is on how to properly administer copper oxide wire particles (COWP). Dr. Jim Miller is the instructor in the video, assisted by Hannah Toland, and filmed by Joan Burke. The videos are funded by USDA's Research and Extension Initiative (grant # 2016-51300-25723). https://youtu.be/EX6HFyjDpl4 Copper oxide wire particles (COWP) have been shown to reduce barber pole worm infections in sheep and goats. Be sure to read the ACSRPC fact sheet on COWP. Editor's note: The plastic (pet) pilling gun demonstrated in the video can be purchased for the

Skillathon Included Station on Worms

The Junior Sheep & Goat Skillathon at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival included a station on worms. Youth participants were tested on their knowledge of worms. The station included twenty questions, with varying degrees of difficulty. The station was put together by Ashley Travis, the 4-H agent in Washington County, Maryland. A skillathon provides youth with the opportunity to blend knowledge and skills acquired in livestock judging, demonstrations, and care and exhibition of animals into a single activity. It consists of a series of stations where youth are tested on their knowledge and abilities related to livestock. In the Sheep & Goat Skillathon, all stations pertain to sheep and/or go

No Benefit to Removing Tapeworms

In 2012 and 2013, experiments were conducted on a commercial sheep farm in the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia, to test the hypothesis that growth rates of lambs would not be affected by infection with tapeworms (Moniezia spp.) One hundred and seventy-eight meat-breed lambs, 4-6 months of age, were allocated to two treatment groups. One group (Prazi) was treated with praziquantel, levamisole, and abemectin to remove tapeworm and gastrointestinal nematode infection (GIN). The other group was treated only with levamisole and abemectin to remove GIN (Control). No significant difference in growth rates was observed between treatment groups in either year. Conclusion: This expe

New Fact Sheet on Dewormer Resistance

The third fact sheet in the Best Management Practices to Control Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants series has been published. The second fact sheet is about managing dewormer resistance. It was written by Dr. Dahlia O'Brien, Small Ruminant Specialist at Virginia State University. All of the Best Management Practices fact sheets will be written and reviewed by members of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control. Each review team will include a veterinarian parasitologist. Most of the fact sheets will be published in 2018. Once complete, the fact sheet series will serve as a invaluable resource for producers and educators alike. Download Managing Dewormer Resistance Fac

WormWise for Goats

Wormwise for Goats is a publication from Beef & Lamb New Zealand. The 16-page publication includes four chapters: 1) What effects do worms have and how do they limit production; 2) Worm biology; 3) Principles for worm management; and 4) Drenches and drench resistance. Wormwise is the product of an industry initiative to develop a national worm management strategy in New Zealand. Download publication

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