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JOIN US!! July 13, 2017 – URI Sheep and Goat Parasite Control Workshop and Field Day, URI Peckham Farm and Kingston Campus, RI

  • 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM – Integrated Parasite Control and FAMACHA Training Workshop.  FAMACHA cards can be purchased at cost (optional) for $13.00 each upon completing the training.
  • 12:30 to 1:00 PM – Fecal egg counting demonstration
  • 2:00 to 6:00 PM – Field day on alternative methods for small ruminant parasite control – research on condensed tannin plants

Presentations from Dr. Jim Kotcon, West Virginia University Division of Plant and Soil Sciences;
Dr. tatiana Stanton, Small Ruminant Extension Specialist, Cornell University;
URI researchers including Dr. Rebecca Brown, URI Dept. Plant Science, and Dr. Katherine Petersson, URI Dept. Animal and Veterinary Science.
View and download our flyer for more details including online registration info, directions and parking:
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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?


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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