Flash Drive With Resource Materials

Proceedings from the 2018 Delmarva Small Ruminant Conference: All Worms All Day are now available on a flash drive. The conference was held December 8 in Keedysville, Maryland. All topics pertained to internal parasites (worms + coccidia). All speakers were members of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control. To receive a flash drive, send your name, address, and $10 check (payable to the University of Maryland) to AWAD Flash Drive, Western Maryland Research & Education Center, 18330 Keedysville Road, Keedysville, MD 21756.

Change in Labeling of Dewormers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has requested that animal drug companies voluntarily revise the product labels for their approved anthelmintics used in livestock (cattle, sheep, goats, poultry and swine) and horses to add information about antiparasitic resistance. The new labeling information is intended to help end-users, including veterinarians, livestock producers, and animal owners, better understand the proper use of anthelmintics and ways to monitor and slow down the development of antiparasitic resistance at the farm level. FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is committed to promoting and protecting animal health by ensuring safe and effective drugs are available for ani

BioWorma®: It's Coming!

The 1st full container of products left for the USA yesterday (12/19/18). There are two products. BioWorma® is supplied to veterinarians, feed mills, and premixers. Livamol® with BioWorma® can be sold to end user (producers). BioWorma® is a biological control product for further mixing into feed, feed supplements, premixes, or concentrates. It contains spores of a fungus that trap and consume infective worm larvae (including anthelmintic-resistant worms). Livamol® is a nutritional supplement. So far, BioWorma® has received approval in 45 US states. https://www.bioworma.com/

Extra Label Drug Use FAQs

Extra Label Drug Use (ELDU) describes the use of an approved drug in a manner that is not in accordance with the approved labeling, yet meets the conditions set forth by the Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act of 1994 (AMDUCA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. Deviations from FDA-approved labeling include use in another species, use for a different indication, use at a different dose or frequency, and use via a different route of administration. Extra label drug use (ELDU) is frequently required to treat small ruminants and maintain acceptable levels of flock and herd health. For example, most of the dewormers recommended for goats and camelids are not FDA-appr

Creep Feeding To Control Parasitism

Over a two year period, Brazilian researchers evaluated the effect of creep feeding with a protein supplement on the susceptibility of nursing lambs to infection with gastrointestinal helminths. Male and female crossbred lambs were allocated to one of two treatments: 1) creep feeding (0.57 lb/d; 261 g/d); and 2) control (no supplementation. Lambs grazed with the mothers (n=52) on native pastures. Supplemental creep feeding improved performance of lambs, with creep-fed lambs reaching body weights of 40 lbs (18 kg) in 64 days, whereas unsupplemented lambs required 77 days. Lambs in both groups were susceptible to helminth infections, having mean fecal egg counts >1000 epg as early as 45 days

Unfavorable Genetic Correlation

Swiss researchers analyzed data from 20 herds to determine heritabilities of and genetic correlations between phenotypic traits linked to gastrointestinal nematodes (GIN) and milk yield in two major dairy goat breeds (Alpine and Saanen). For all goats (n=1303), individual recordings of fecal egg counts (FEC), FAMACHA© eye score, packed cell volume (PCV), and milk yield were performed twice a year with an anthelmintic treatment in between. The heritabilities of FEC, FAMACHA© and PCV were determined to be 0.07, 0.22 and 0.22, respectively. The genetic correlation between FEC and FAMACHA© was close to zero and −0.41 between FEC and PCV. The phenotypic correlation between FEC and milk yield was

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