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Saturday, December 7, 2019, will be the date of the third Delmarva Small Ruminant Conference: All Worms All Day. The conference will be held at Lincoln Memorial University in Ewing, Virginia. The first conference was held in 2017 at Delaware State University in Dover. The University of Maryland hosted last year's conference at its Western Maryland Research & Education Center in Keedysville. All speakers for the conference are members of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC). Sponsors of the conference are Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware Extension. The 2019 program will again seek continuing education credits for veterinarians and certified veterinary technic

New Video on Genetic Selection

"Genetic Selection for Parasite Resistance" is Reid Redden's latest Facebook Live Video. Dr. Redden is a Sheep & Goat Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. It is a 4 minute 20 second video.

Protein-Rich Diets to Control Parasitism

Indian researchers conducted an experiment to determine the effect of dietary protein supplementation on fecal egg counts and hematological parameters in goat kids with sub-clinical nematodosis. Twenty goat kids (3-5 months old with an average body weight of 8.90 kg/19.6 lb) were randomly allocated to four groups: T1, served as a negative control, receiving no concentrate feed. T2, T3, and T4 received concentrate feed containing 16, 20, and 24% digestible crude protein, respectively. Diets were formed by using crushed maize (corn), soybean meal, and de-oiled rice bran The experiment was carried out for 60 days. Protein supplementation had a significant effect on fecal egg counts and packed c

Using FAMACHA© for Liver Flukes

Researchers investigated the potential of using the FAMACHA© system for targeted selective treatment (TST) of liver flukes. FAMACHA© scores were collected on 288 sheep prior to winter slaughter, when fluke infections were largely mature, and condemned livers were recovered and adult flukes extracted. Average FAMACHA© score was significantly higher in animals whose livers were condemned (3.6) than in those whose livers were not condemned (2.1). The number of adult flukes recovered ranged from 2 to 485, and was positively correlated with FAMACHA© score ( r2 = 0.54). Packed cell volume (PCV) was correlated negatively with both FAMACHA© score ( r = 0.23) and fluke number (r = 0.24). Nematode fec

Treatment for Tapes Not Warranted

While sheep tapeworms are large and the segments passed in the dung are very obvious, there is no consistent evidence that they cause production loss or ill-health. Therefore, treatment for tapeworms is not warranted. The most common tapeworm of sheep and goats is Moniezia expansa. Read WormBoss article

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