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Attention:  Sheep and Meat Goat Seedstock Producers
National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) Workshops, March 1-11, 2017 in VA, WV, PA, and NY –  view flyer for details – NSIP Workshops Mar 2017

March 5, 2017 – Sheep and Goats Parasite Management Workshop with FAMACHA© Certification
11 AM to 4 PM – Cornell Cooperative Extension, Liberty, NY.
  For more information and to register: http://sullivancce.org/events/2017/03/05/famacha-certification-goats-sheep

March 7, 2017 – Integrated Parasite Control / FAMACHA© Training Workshop
10AM to 2 PM – University Park, PA. 
Hosted by Penn State Extension and conducted by Virginia Tech and Univ. of Rhode Island.  For more information and to register view flyer – PA IPMFAMACHA Workshop_March2017 (2)

March 17, 2017 – Controlling Internal Parasites in Sheep & Goats / FAMACHA© Certification Workshop
10AM to 4 PM – Belfast, ME.  Hosted by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and conducted by Dr. tatiana Stanton, Small Ruminant Extension Specialist, Cornell University.  Hands-on Fecal Egg Count Analysis, Dr. James Weber, Univ. of Maine.  For information and to register view – program.

March 18, 2017 – Maine Grass Farmers Network Annual Grazing Conference, Hinckley, ME.
Includes a session on Research with Birdsfoot Trefoil to Control Internal Parasites in Sheep and Goats, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Dr. tatiana Stanton, Small Ruminant Extension Specialist, Cornell University.  For more information and to register – https://extension.umaine.edu/livestock/mgfn/conference/

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?


Barber Pole Worm (Haemonchus contortus); http://vet.uga.edu

lambs_Peckham2  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.

Our Program

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.

FAMACHA_SheepThe FAMACHA© System – this method for estimating the level of anemia in sheep and goats is a crucial tool for selective deworming of the barber pole worm (Haemonchus contortus).

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.


Learn more about our projects, educational resources and research on these topics.

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