New Approaches for Improving Integrated Parasite Control Strategies for Small Ruminants in the Northeast

USDA Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (LNE15-342)
Photo courtesy of Randell Stevenson, University of Rhode Island

This project builds upon a former NESARE Project (LNE10-300) to address gastrointestinal nematode (GIN) infection in sheep and goats in the Northeast.  It will include an online training program / FAMACHA© certification option, hands-on workshops at large, regional events and education and assistance with fecal egg counting and promotion of the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) that will enable interested producers to factor parasite susceptibility into breeding decisions and use EBVs (estimated breeding values) to balance parasite resistance with other important production traits.  Research will expand and continue to evaluate the anti-parasitic effects of cranberry leaf on GIN infection in lambs and to develop an easy, economical feed supplement.

Project partners include University of Rhode Island, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine; Virginia Tech, University of Vermont, University of Wisconsin, and the National Sheep Improvement Program.  Learn more about this project.


Forage-based Parasite Control In Sheep and Goats In the Northeast U.S.

USDA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative
Birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus L.)

This project has joined several land grant university researchers, educators, and farmers together to research, demonstrate and evaluate the potential of birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus L.) to suppress gastrointestinal nematode parasites in the Northeast.  We will extend this and other pasture management practices to organic and transitioning producers.
Project partners include Cornell University, University of Rhode Island, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, West Virginia University, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Learn more about this project.

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