What's new in the world of worms?

May 22, 2018

WORMINFO is a periodic newsletter for subscribers to the WORMINFO listserv. The WORMINFO listserv lets subscribers know when something new has been posted to WORMX, the web site of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC). To subscribe to the WORMINFO listserv, send an email to listserv@listserv.umd.edu. In the body of the message, write subscribe WORMINFO. You can also subscribe to the newsletters via Smore.

New Video: How to administer COWP

A series of YouTube videos will be available to assist producers with techniques and principles in control of gastrointestinal nematodes. The first video is on how to properly administer copper oxide wire particles (COWP). Dr. Jim Miller is the instructor in the video, assisted by Hannah Toland, and filmed by Joan Burke.


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See more videos in ACSRPC library

New Fact Sheet on Dewormer Resistance

The third fact sheet in the Best Management Practices to Control Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants series has been published. The third fact sheet is about managing dewormer resistance. It was written by Dr. Dahlia O'Brien, Small Ruminant Specialist at Virginia State University.

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No Benefit to Removing Tapeworms

In 2012 and 2013, experiments were conducted on a commercial sheep farm in the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia, to test the hypothesis that growth rates of lambs would not be affected by infection with tapeworms (Moniezia spp.)

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Graze Away Parasites

Cattle, horses, sheep, and goats are all susceptible to internal parasites, which can be devastating to producers economically. In an article in Hay & Forage Grower, Adam Speir, a county extension agent with the University of Georgia’s forage extension team offers four tips for better pasture management to help reduce parasite pressure.

Read article Hay & Forage Grower
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New EU Network to Combat Resistance

Fifty-nine researchers from 25 countries met for the first time at the University of Life Sciences of Warsaw in Poland to discuss a coordinated approach in tackling anthelmintic resistance in ruminants.

The network (“COMBAR – COMbatting Anthelmintic Resistance in Ruminants) will be supported over the 4 next years by the EU COST programme and aims to harmonize procedures, train young researchers and generate new data to support the transition to sustainable worm control approaches.

Read more . . .

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Skillathon Included Station on Worms

The Junior Sheep & Goat Skillathon at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival included a station on worms. Youth participants were tested on their knowledge of worms. The station included twenty questions, with varying degrees of difficulty. The station was put together by Ashley Travis, the 4-H agent in Washington County, Maryland.

Go to skillathon page

Upcoming Events


June 2
Southeast Arkansas Small Ruminant Conference, including FAMACHA© training
University of Arkansas - Monticello
Info: Chuck Livingston - drewfarmsupply1@gmail.com or (870) 367-8537

Fecal Egg Counting and FAMACHA© Workshop
Delaware State University, Dover, Delaware
Info: Kwame Matthews at (302) 857-6540 or kmatthews@desu.edu
Register at https://hub.desu.edu/Famacha-Workshop-DSU-UD2018

FAMACHA© Training and Certification
Eastern Randolph High School, Ramseur North Carolina
Info: Sara Beth Routh at sbrouth@ncsu.edu
Registration link: https://goo.gl/forms/z6kGDJLn9ev8JKBK2

June 23

FAMACHA© Workshop and Precision Farming Demo
Vista View Farm, Damascus, Maryland
Info: Susan Schoenian at sschoen@umd.edu or (301) 432-2767 x343


June 27

Utah IPM and FAMACHA© Workshop
Box Elder Fairgrounds, Tremonton, Utah
Register at www.ncat.org/events
Info: Dave Scott at daves@ncat.org or (406) 533-6642

July 18
Montana IPM and FAMACHA© Workshop
ongview Farm/Ravalli Hops, Stevensville, Montana
Register at www.ncat.org/events
Info: Dave Scott at daves@ncat.org or (406) 533-6642


September 16-18
National Goat Conference Hosted by Tuskegee University
Information Link

December 8
Delmarva Small Ruminant Conference: ALL WORMS ALL DAY
Western Maryland Research & Education Center, Keedysville, Maryland
Info: Susan Schoenian at sschoen@umd.edu or (301) 432-2767 x343

American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC)

The ACSRPC is a group of scientists, veterinarians, and extension specialists dedicated to helping small ruminant producers control GI parasites in their flocks and herds.