Condition scoring indigenous goats

A body condition scoring system was developed for indigenous goats in Africa. Indigenous breeds are usually smaller and better adapted to the local environment. Condition score is estimated by feeling the backbone in the area between the back of the ribs and the front of the pelvic bones. Research in Mexico suggests that this BCS system is suitable for some hair sheep breeds (such as St. Croix, Pelibuey, or Barbados Blackbelly) as well as for any breed of goat, as these type of animals have almost no subcutaneous fat and they keep most of their fat reserves internally or around their kidneys. The methodology consists of placing a hand exactly in the middle between the ribs and pelvic bones.

New Fact Sheet on TST

Another fact sheet in the Best Management Practices to Control Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants series has been published (#10). Targeted Selective Treatment (TST) was written by Susan Schoenian from the University of Maryland. 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 2020 and will serve as a invaluable resource for producers and educators alike. Download Targeted Selective Treatment (TST) Download other fact sheets in series

Guide to Ruminant Parasites

Several years ago, Intervet published a "Guide to Internal Parasites in Ruminants." It depicts color pictures of worm eggs. The guide is available as a PDF file for download. Download from Merck Animal Health Download from North Carolina State University

Targeted Worming Offers Huge Benefits

A precision approach to worming sheep could reduce wormer use in UK sheep flocks by 40%, improving lamb performance, reducing greenhouse gas emissions on-farm, and slowing the rate of drug resistance. Scientists at the Moredun Research Institute have developed a method to identify poorly growing lambs using an electronic weight crate, allowing for targeted selective treatment, without the need to worm an entire flock. Treatments are given before animals have lost weight. Read full article in Scottish Farmer

Using Refugia to Manage Parasites

With 2020 underway, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it is continuing its ongoing effort to address issues related to antiparasitic resistance in livestock and horses across the country. Among these efforts are two videos on the subject, directed at large animal producers and owners. The first, titled “Antiparasitic Resistance in Cattle, Small Ruminants, and Horses in the U.S.,” discusses how to detect antiparasitic resistance and offers recommendations for how it can be addressed, while the second, “Using Refugia to Manage Parasites in Cattle, Sheep, Goats, and Horses and Reduce Resistance to Dewormers,” explains the concept of refugia as it rela

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Hair sheep tend to be more resistant to gastro-intestinal parasites than wooled sheep or goats.