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2019 Update – Learn more about our new USDA NIFA Organic Transitions Program project entitled, Overcoming barriers to transitioning small ruminants to organic production: Effects of feeding birdsfoot trefoil on parasite control, nutritional status & profitability, that builds from this project.
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Coordinate on-farm BFT demonstrations and field evaluations; and lead outreach and extension programs.
University of Rhode Island
- Evaluate BFT accessions for agronomic traits, collection of material for tannin analyses and feeding trials, and increase seed of promising varieties.
- Evaluate response of H. contortus (barber pole worm) in sheep when exposed to BFT extracts.
West Virginia University
- Manage field evaluations and conduct sheep grazing trials of commercially available BFT cultivars.
- Evaluate immunological responses in sheep fed BFT.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Characterize tannin profiles of BFT cultivars and identification of bioactive components.
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine; Virginia Tech
Project parasitologist leading the gastrointestinal nematode parasite research components in partnership with WVU and URI.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative under Agreement No. 2012-51300-03654.