Anthelmintic Resistance in Meat Goats

Fecal egg count data from the Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test and Eastern Oklahoma State College Buck Test were analyzed to determine trends in anthelmintic resistance in US meat goats. Data from weaned buck kids from private farms in 21 states were included in the data set. Both tests evaluated growth and response to natural parasitic infection on pasture-based diets. Bucks were dewormed upon arrival with multiple dewormers. Fecal samples were collected upon arrival (FEC1) and 10 to 13 days later (FEC2) to determine fecal egg count reductions (FECR). FEC varied by year. In Maryland, FEC1 ranged from 813 ± 519 epg to 3014 ± 454 epg. FEC2 ranged from 14 ± 151 epg to

Parasites Increase Methane Emissions

High intestinal parasite burdens can increase sheep methane emissions by as much as one-third, advises Scottish research. Effective worm control both increases sheep productivity and is good for the environment. Work by Scotland’s Rural College and the Moredun Research Institute shows that parasite infections in lambs can lead to a 33% increase in methane output, with parasitism one of the top three livestock diseases that increase greenhouse gas emissions, but one that is cost-effective to manage. Read more . . .

CE Credits Available for Vets

The American Association of Veterinary State Boards RACE committee has approved up to five (5) continuing education credits for the Delmarva Small Ruminant Conference All Worms All Day to be held Saturday, Dec 7, 2019, at Lincoln Memorial University in Ewing, Virginia. All topics in the conference will pertain to internal parasite (worms + coccidia) control in small ruminants. All speakers are members of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC). There will be concurrent sessions for adults and youth. The first All Worms All Day Conference was hosted by Delaware State University. Last year's conference was held at the University of Maryland's Western Maryland Resea

Parasite Life Cycle Animations

Karin Christensen, an artist with a scientific background and love of goats, has created a variety of animations related to the biology of the goat, including those depicting the life cycles of the parasites that infect goats (and sheep). Understanding life cycles can help with control of parasites. Eventually, the animations will not function in a browser due to the abandonment of the Adobe Flash Player. The author plans to reformat the animations in text and images and offer as an e-book. Biology of the Goat Life cycles of parasites than infect goats

Decision Making Support Tool

In 2012, Ohio State University Extension developed a decision making support tool to help sheep and goat producers sort through the large amount of information available on controlling sheep and goat parasites and make decisions about specific management options that are relevant to their farm operation. The information was organized in a "decision tree" or "flow chart" approach where answering one question leads to another question or various management options. The support tool is not intended to be prescriptive or replace a veterinarian with regard to diagnosis of parasitism or specifics of drug use. Go to Decision Making Tool

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