New Fact Sheet: Periparturient Egg Rise

The latest fact sheet in the series "Best Management Practices for Internal Parasite Control in Small Ruminants" is now available. The topic is the periparturient egg rise. The author is Dr. Joan Burke from the Small Farms Research Center in Booneville, Arkansas. It is the 13th fact sheet in the series. All of the fact sheets were written and reviewed by members of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC; wormx.info). Download Periparturient Egg Rise fact sheet See other fact sheets

Mixed Grazing Fails to Reduce Parasitism

French researchers invalidated the hypothesis that dilution or mixed species grazing (goats + cattle) will reduce parasite infection (in goats). Mixed grazing of breeding goats and cattle was monitored for two years on a rotational pasture, with the two species grazing together, followed by five years with cattle grazing immediately after goats. The goats to cattle ratio was about 50%, based on metabolic weight. In both situations, the level of goat parasite infection was not significantly different from the control groups. However, there was a slight improvement in kid growth and goat productivity, probably due to better feed quality. The response of adult goats to mixed grazing was very di

Weekly Worm Webinars

Small Ruminant Extension Specialists in Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia are teaming up to offer weekly worm webinars via ZOOM. Each week, a different topic pertaining to internal parasites (worms + coccidia) will be discussed. All of the webinars will be held on Tuesdays at noon time (EST). They will last for approximately 1 hour. Questions will be via a chat box. Questions may also be submitted before hand to sschoen@umd.edu. The first webinar will be held on April 21. Presenters will be members of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC): Dr. Kwame Matthews, Delaware State University; Dr. Dahlia O'Brien, Virginia State University; Susan Schoenian, Unive

Canadian Handbook on Parasites

"Handbook for the Control of Internal Parasites in Sheep & Goats" is a Canadian publication. It was originally written in 2010. It was updated in 2019 and will always be a "work in revision," as the understanding of parasitism in sheep/goats evolves. The intent of the handbook is to inform producers, veterinarians and extension personnel regarding some of the basics of controlling internal parasites that affect sheep and goats in Canada. However, the information should also prove useful to those living in other parts of the world, particularly those with a similar temperate climate. Download 2019 Handbook

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