FAMACHA© is a diagnostic test to help small ruminant producers identify animals that require anthelmintic treatment and those which do not require deworming. The tool is a card that matches eyelid color to anemia levels, an indicator of clinical barber pole worm infection. Its use is limited to the parasites which cause anemia. Producers must receive training in order to receive a card. Training is now available online from the University of Rhode Island. For many years, the University of Georgia (Dr. Ray Kaplan's lab) was the sole distributor of FAMACHA© cards (in North America). The cards are now distributed by Louisiana State University (Dr. Adriano Vatto's lab).


Association between FAMACHA scores and fecal egg counts in Katahdin lambs.  D. R. Notter, J. M. Burke, J. E. Miller, and J. L. M. Morgan. Journal of Animal Science [March 2017]


A Friendly and Encouraging Challenge to the Agricultural Extension Community: A low cost tool that can greatly influence management of internal parasites in small
; Jim Morgan, Ph.D. [February 2005].


An eye test for barber pole worm; USDA ARS [February 2006].


Do's and Don'ts of FAMACHA© Scoring. Dr. Katherine Petersson, University of Rhode Island [February 2016].

Integrated parasite management with FAMACHA©. Part 3 in a six part series on worm control in goats (originally published in Goat Rancher magazine); by Dr. Steve Hart and the Southern Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control.

Why and how to do FAMACHA© Scoring. Improving Small Ruminant Parasite Control in New England; Anne Zajac, Katherine  Petersson, and Holly Burdett.


Why didn't deworming improve FAMACHA© scores?  Steve Hart [August 2015].

Conference Proceedings

The FAMACHA© System: an Aid in the Management of Haemonchosis in Small Ruminants. Dr. Adriano F. Vatta, Zoetis [May 2013].

Responding to the emergence of multiple-drug resistant Haemonchus contortus: smart drenching and FAMACHA©. Ray Kaplan, DVM, Ph.D., Department of Infectious Diseases, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia [June 2005].

Leave the Best, Treat the Rest - Targeted Selective Treatment for the Resource-Poor in Africa. J.A. van Wyk and G. F. Bath. [May 2013].


FAMACHA© Anemia Record. Livestock Health and Production Group; South African Veterinary Association


FAMACHA© Information Guide.  South Africa and American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control.

How to order FAMACHA cards. Louisiana State University

Open letter to sheep and goat producers about FAMACHA© program. Dr. Ray Kaplan. American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control.

Journal Articles

Accuracy of FAMACHA© system for onfarm use by sheep and goat producers in the southeastern United States; J.M. Burke, R.M. Kaplan, J.E. Miller, T.H. Terrill, W.R. Getz, S. Mobini, E. Valencia; M.J. Williams, L.H. Williamson, and A.F. Vatta; Veterinary Parasitology [March 2007].

The FAMACHA© system for managing haemonchosis in sheep and goats by clinically identifying individual animals for treatment; Jan A. Van Wyk and Gareth F. Bath; Review article; Veterinary Research [May 2002].


Sensititivy and specificity of the FAMACHA system in Suffolk sheep and crossbred Boer goats. C.S. Sotomaier, R. Rosalinksi-Morais, A.R. Barbosa da Costa, D. Maia, A.L.G. Monteiro, and J. Van Wyk.

Use of FAMACHA© system to evaluate gastrointestinal nematode resistance/resilience in offspring of stud rams; J. Burke and J. Miller; Veterinary Parasitology [May 2008].

Validation of the Famacha Eye Color Chart for Detecting Clinical Anemia in Sheep and Goats on Farms in the Southern United States; R. Kaplan, J. Burke, T. Terrill, J. Miller, W. Getz, S. Mobini, E. Valencia, M. Williams, L. Williamson, M. Larsen, and. A. Vatta; Veterinary Parasitology [ August 2004].


How and why to do FAMACHA© scoring. Northeast Small Ruminant Parasite Control Program [February 2015].


FAMACHA© Out West. NCAT. ATTRA. [May 2016]