New Video: BioWorma®

Dr. Reid Redden's latest Facebook Live video is about BioWorma® , the tradename for a new product that contains a fungus that traps and kills worm larvae. https://youtu.be/Ct94f1E7GSQ Dr. Redden is a Sheep & Goat Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. This is one of several videos he has made about internal parasite control in small ruminants. Visit the ACSRPC Video Library to view his other videos.

Using Essential Oils to Control Coccidia

The objective of a Polish study was to assess the effectiveness of dietary supplementation with oils extracted from Origanum vulgare (Lamiaceae) and Citrus spp. (Citraceae) against coccidia and to determine the impact on lamb growth in an indoor housing system. A total of 222 ewes and 276 lambs of the Polish Lowland breed, maintained indoors under the same environmental conditions, were used in the study. Ewes (n=74) and lambs (n=87) in group 1 were fed a control diet, with no supplementation. In group 2, ewes (n=74) were fed a diet supplemented with essential oils from the 4th month of pregnancy through lambing. After lambing, ewes and lambs (n=105) were fed the control diet. In group 3, ew

New Fact Sheet on Coccida

Another fact sheet in the Best Management Practices to Control Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants series has been published (#9). Management of Coccidia was written by Dr. Kwame Matthews from Delaware State University. All of the Best Management Practices fact sheets are being written and reviewed by members of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control. The fact sheet series will be completed in 2019 and will serve as a invaluable resource for producers and educators alike. Download Management of Coccidia Download other fact sheets in series

Breeding Parasite Resistant Polypays

The American Polypay Sheep Association is wrapping up a three-year project that could ultimately lead to enhanced parasite resistance for the breed. Funded by the American Sheep Industry’s Let’s Grow Initiative, the study uses the National Sheep Improvement Program’s system of Estimated Breeding Values, or EBVs, in looking to quantitative genetics for a solution to a key sheep production problem. With more rams genetically disposed to parasite resistance, producers will hopefully be able to select for the trait when making breeding decisions, reducing the need for costly and increasingly ineffective deworming treatments. Read Press Release

New Fact Sheet on Dewormer Use

Another fact sheet in the Best Management Practices to Control Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants series has been published (#8). Proper Dewormer Use was written by Lisa Williamson, DVM, from the University of Georgia. All of the Best Management Practices fact sheets are being written and reviewed by members of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control. The fact sheet series will be completed in 2019 and will serve as a invaluable resource for producers and educators alike. Download Proper Dewormer Use Download other fact sheets in series

Selection for Low FEC in Cashmere Goats

Scottish researchers investigated the effect of selecting for low fecal egg count (FEC) in Cashmere goats. Goats from generations F2 through to F9 were monitored for FEC. They were compared to an unselected control line. The study demonstrated that selected line animals excreted a significantly lower number of parasite eggs in the majority of generations examined. Fecal egg counts were reduced by 24.5% in males and 27% in females. However, FEC differences stabilized by the F3 generation. Live weight productivity was unaffected by selection. Unlike sheep, no clear relationships were identified between immune markers measured and fecal egg output. There was no direct link between eosinophilia

BioWorma® US Launch

We are happy to announce that the first shipment of BioWorma® and Livamol® with BioWorma® (www.bioworma.com) has now been received and cleared, meaning we are now open for business in the USA, with our first official distributor being Premier 1 Supplies, located in Iowa. We expect to add a number of distributors/suppliers shortly. We are actively looking for farm re-sellers (Livamol® with BioWorma®) and Veterinarians (BioWorma®) to supply and support BioWorma®. For further information please contact info@bioworma.com. Source: duddingtonia.com Image from BioWorma.com

Differences Between Lab and Field

French researchers conducted laboratory and field experiments to determine the efficacy of Duddingtonia flagran spores. For all the trials, half of the goats received the spores while the other half acted as controls. For the dose titration trial, two dose levels were given. In the laboratory experiment, the reduction of larval development in goat feces containing D. flagrans spores when compared with the larval development in control feces was 91% and 90%, respectively for T. colubriformis and T. circumcincta. In the farm trial, none of the parasitological parameters (egg excretion, pasture infectivity, and serum pepsinogen ) showed any statistical difference between the fungus-treated and

New Fact Sheet on Genetics

Another fact sheet in the Best Management Practices to Control Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants series has been published (#7). Genetic Selection (Using Crossbreeding and Estimated Breeding Values) was written by Dr. Scott Bowdridge and Andrew Weaver from West Virginia University. All of the Best Management Practices fact sheets are written and reviewed by members of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control. The fact sheet series will be completed in 2019 and will serve as a invaluable resource for producers and educators alike. Download Genetic Selection: Crossbreeding and Estimated Breeding Values Download other fact sheets in series

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