January 2020

Happy New Year

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New Curriculum for Youth

Dr. Chantel Wilson, a 4-H STEM Specialist from Virginia State University, has developed a curriculum using stuffed animals and other fun stuff to teach youth about internal parasites in goats and sheep. To learn more about her innovative curriculum, contact her at cwilson@vsu.edu.

Video: Using Refugia to Manage Parasites

With 2020 underway, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it is continuing its ongoing effort to address issues related to antiparasitic resistance in livestock and horses across the country. Among these efforts are two videos on the subject, directed at large animal producers and owners.

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Targeted Worming Offers Huge Benefits

A precision approach to worming sheep could reduce wormer use in UK sheep flocks by 40%, improving lamb performance, reducing greenhouse gas emissions on-farm, and slowing the rate of drug resistance.

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New Fact Sheet on TST

Another fact sheet in the Best Management Practices to Control Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants series has been published (#10). Targeted Selective Treatment (TST) was written by Susan Schoenian from the University of Maryland.

All of the Best Management Practices fact sheets are being written and reviewed by members of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control.

Download TST Fact Sheet
Download other fact sheets in series

Guide to Ruminant Parasites

Several years ago, Intervet published a "Guide to Internal Parasites in Ruminants." It depicts color pictures of worm eggs. The guide is available as a PDF file for download.

Download from Merck Animal Health
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Timely Topic: February 2016

Do's and Don't's of FAMACHA© Scoring
by Katherine Petersson, University of Rhode Island

The FAMACHA© system is an important tool in identifying and selectively deworming sheep and goats affected by barber pole worm infection. Selective deworming minimizes drug use and slows the rate of development of drug resistance. It can also aid in selective breeding decisions by identifying those animals that are most susceptible to barber pole worm infection.

However, as we all know, there are right ways and wrong ways to do things.

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About the Newsletter

WORMINFO is a monthly newsletter about gastro-intestinal parsites. It is sent to subscribers to the WORMINFO listserv. The WORMINFO listserv lets subscribers know when something new has 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.

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. The consortium was formed in 2003 in response to the critical state of the small ruminant industry associated with the emergence of anthelmintic resistant worms.