August 11 and 12, 2017 – Selecting for Parasite Resistance education workshops as part of the Eastern National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) Sheep Sale – Wooster, OH
Workshops about the NSIP and Selecting for Parasite Resistance conducted by Rusty Burgett, NSIP Program Director; Dr. Anne Zajac, DVM, Virginia Tech; and Dr. Katherine Petersson, University of Rhode Island. View the NSIP website for more information including the program catalog which details the workshops and other aspects of this event.
Summer 2017: Announcing free Fecal Egg Count analysis for Northeastern small ruminant producers and National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) members marketing animals to Northeast producers to assist with selective breeding for resistance to gastrointestinal nematodes. View our flyer for more information 2017_SARE-LNE15-342-Fecal-Egg-Count-Analysis-program-Announcement Final
Learn more about our online training program for FAMACHA© Certification
Learn more about our Project: New Approaches for Improving Integrated Parasite Control Strategies for Small Ruminants in the Northeast.
View updated case studies (2014-2015) of 4 NY demonstration farms planting and grazing birdsfoot trefoil to evaluate its potential for anti-parasitic effects – BFTstudy_NYdemofarms_2014-2016. View additional resources for this project.
Overview: Why Worry About Parasites?
Gastrointestinal nematode (GIN) parasites, such as the barber pole worm (Haemonchus contortus), are a serious problem affecting small ruminant production throughout the Northeast region and world. These parasites cause poor growth, anemia, and death in severe infections and limit the ability of producers to raise sheep and goats on pasture. Learn more about these parasites.
Growing and widespread resistance to chemical dewormers, coupled with producer wishes to reduce or eliminate reliance on these drugs, has created a need for alternative and integrated parasite control practices.
URI Cooperative Extension and the Dept. of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Sciences collaborate with farmers and other partners from New England and the Northeast region to provide research and education on integrated parasite control management. This includes practices such as selective deworming and smart drug use, along with alternative controls including a variety of pasture management practices that reduce parasite exposure.
Online FAMACHA© Certification
The FAMACHA© System – a method for estimating the level of anemia in sheep and goats associated with the barber pole worm (Haemonchus contortus) – is a crucial tool for selective deworming. The FAMACHA© card, developed in South Africa, was introduced to the U.S. by the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (www.acsrpc.org). This online training program was developed by Dr. Katherine Petersson and Dr. Anne Zajac, DVM, members of the ACSRPC, as part of a Northeast SARE grant being administered by the University of Rhode Island. The ACSRPC fully endorses the program for those who are unable to attend a workshop.
We are also conducting research on some alternative solutions to chemical dewormers, including the bioactive component in condensed tannins (CT) found in cranberry and some forages such as birdsfoot trefoil.