Weekly Worm Webinar Recordings

Small Ruminant Extension Specialists from the University of Maryland, Delaware State University, Virginia State University, and Fort Valley State University collaborated to hold a Weekly Worm Webinar Series, April 24 - June 9, 2020. All of the webinars were recorded and the recordings have been uploaded to YouTube. Links to the webinar recordings and accompanying PowerPoint presentation are available at https://www.wormx.info/webinar-videos. The Periparturient Egg Rise (Susan Schoenian) Fecal Egg Counting Primer (Dr. Dahlia O'Brien) Public Enemy #1: the Barber Pole Worm (Dr. Kwame Matthews) Grazing Away Parasites (Dr. Niki Whitley) Treating and preventing coccidiosis (Dr. Kwame Matthews) De

Do Parasites Protect Against SARS-CoV-2?

The world has rarely seen such a readily transmissible infection as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) over the last century. However, the spread of the virus is slower than expected in Africa. A new study by researchers at Makerere University and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is focused on finding any possible link between the low risk of infection and parasitic infections. Read full article in News Medical Life Sciences

Sale of USDA Katahdin Breeding Stock

The USDA-ARS Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center in Booneville, Arkansas will be selling Katahdin breeding stock via sealed bid. There will be ewe and ram lambs, as well as mature rams and possibly mature ewes. Due to Covid 19, animal viewing will only be done virtually. Bids can be submitted anytime, but must be received by July 9 at 12 noon Central. Animals must be picked up by July 23. Pick-up location is the South Logan County Fairgrounds. All animals sell with NSIP breeding values. Several have great parasite resistance as determined at weaning and post-weaning. There are rams with NSIP Stud Certification (top 15% for maternal index and top 10% for at least one trait), a ram with

Free Fecal Egg Count Analysis

Please view this flyer to learn about free fecal egg count analysis to assist with selective breeding for resistance to gastrointestinal nematodes. This opportunity is available to National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) members either in or marketing animals to the Northeast who want to generate Estimated Breeding Values (EBV) for parasite resistance. Non-NSIP members living in New England, NY, NJ, PA, WV, MD and DE are also eligible for this program. More specific criteria are listed on the flyer. https://web.uri.edu/sheepngoat/files/URI-NESARE-2020-FEC-Announcement-Final.pdf For more information, send an email to urisheepandgoat@etal.uri.edu.

Fact Sheet Series Completed

The fact sheet series, "Best Management Practices to Control Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants" has been completed. Each fact sheet was written and reviewed by members of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC). The first fact sheet (on pasture management) was published December 2017. The last one (periparturient egg rise) was published April 2020. Collectively, the fact sheets represent a valuable resource that should help producers better management parasitism in their sheep, goats, and camelids. Copper Oxide Wire Particles Genetic Selection Managing dewormer resistance Management Management of Coccidia Nutritional effects on parasites Pasture Management

A Miraculous Recovery

Dr. Tom Terrill is the Coordinator for the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control. Read about his remarkable recovery from Covid-19. Dr. Terrill is a leading researcher on Sericea lespedeza, a warm season legume that has been shown to reduce barber pole worm infections in sheep and goats. Read Fox 24 WGXA article

An In-Depth Look at Ivermectin

In April, several media outlets reported the success of an in vitro study conducted in Australia regarding the antiviral effects of ivermectin on the virus that causes COVID-19. After the story about ivermectin broke on social media, some farm stores removed ivermectin from their shelves, in fear of people buying it to self medicate. Ivermectin was discovered in 1975. It became commercially available in 1981 and soon became the top-selling veterinary drug in the world, earning the title of “wonder drug.” It has been used to deworm small ruminants for decades. Read full article (blog post) from OSU Sheep Team Read full article in Spring 2020 Wild & Woolly newsletter

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