Using GPS to Combat Parasitism

The benefits of GPS tracking technology to combat internal parasite burden were explored by researchers in Australia. Twenty ewes from a fine-wool Merino stud were fitted with GPS collars. The position of each animal was recorded every 12 seconds over a 24 hour period. Concurrent with the fitting of the collars, fecal samples were collected and FEC was determined. FEC levels indicated a minimal to significant worm burden. Mean FEC was 408 (+/- 363) epg. The predominant parasite was Trichostrongylus spp. The study identified a relationship between FEC levels and distance traveled. Higher FEC was associated with greater mean distances per time step. According to the researchers, this could be

Update on Online FAMACHA© Training

Online FAMACHA© training was initiated in March 2016 by the University of Rhode Island, in cooperation with the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ASCRPC). Since inception (and through July 31, 2019), 333 participants from 43 US states and 6 Canadian provinces have started the program with 213 participants completing it and receiving FAMACHA© certification (64%). The certification program involves a 4-step process, including making a video of FAMACHA© scoring. Additional funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been obtained to continue the program. The informational videos will be updated and refined and a Spanish language version will be produced. http:/

Video: "War of the Worms"

In response to increasing reports of anthelmintic (wormer) resistance in many common gastro-intestinal worms affecting the health and welfare of livestock and horses, the Moredun Institute (in Scotland) has teamed up with an animator to create an engaging and entertaining short film highlighting the important elements involved in the development and spread of anthelmintic resistance as well as the crucial messages on sustainable methods of worm control. https://vimeo.com/180186122

ACSRPC Members Travel to Belgium

Nine members of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC) traveled to Ghent, Belgium, to participate in a joint COMBAR-ACSRPC meeting: Anthelmintic resistance in ruminants: who cares? The meeting was held August 27-29. Dr. Ray Kaplan from the University of Georgia and Dr. Anne Zajac from Virginia Tech were invited speakers. Other members presented posters and/or gave oral presentations. The ACSRPC delegation also included five international collaborators. (L-R) Tom Terrill, Eric Morgan, Ray Kaplan, Jim Miller, Anne Zajac, Jan Van Wyk, Katherine Petersson, Joan Burke, Linda Coffey, Gareth Bath , Felipe Torres-Acosta, Herve Hoste, and Susan Schoenian. Not pictured

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