February 2020

February is Lamb Lovers Month

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New Infographics

Infographics (a clipped compound of "information" and "graphics") are graphic visual representations of information, data, or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly (Wikipedia). Two infographics pertaining to internal parasites in small ruminants have been created. They can be downloaded as PDF files or image files (JPG)

How to drench a sheep or goat | JPG
The periparturient egg rise | JPG

Efficacy of COWP-Dewormer Combo

A study was conducted at the USDA ARS Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center in Booneville, Arkansas, to determine the efficacy of treatment with copper oxide wire particles (COWP) alone or in combination with levamisole (Prohibit®) or albendazole (Valbazen®) or a 3-way combination against anthelmintic-resistant worms.

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Is Survival Linked to FEC?

At the Southwest Virginia Agricultural Research & Education Center, Katahdin rams with high (HiFEC) and low (LoFEC) fecal egg count EBVs (estimated breeding values) were randomly mated to ewes. Mid-March born lambs (n=199) were managed as one group until approximately 120 days of age. Deworming occurred as necessary (FAMACHA ≥ 3).

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Condition Scoring Indigenous Goats

A body condition scoring system was developed for indigenous goats in Africa. Indigenous breeds are usually smaller and better adapted to the local environment.

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Timely Topic: July 2017

When Deworming Is Not Enough
by Niki Whitley, Fort Valley State University

Animals that have a heavy parasite load are often compromised on several levels related to their overall health. Depending on the status of the animal, supportive therapy may be needed around the time of anthelmintic treatment (deworming). Animals that are a FAMACHA© 4 or 5, would likely benefit from removal from contaminated pastures.

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March 12-April 23
University of Arkansas FAMACHA©/Fecal Egg Count Workshop Series
Faytetteville (March 12
Searcy (April 9)
Ash Flat Ozark College (April 14)
Nashville (April 21)
University of Arkansas Monticello (April 23)
Info: https://uaex.formstack.com/forms/famacha

March 27

Small Ruminant Parasite Management Workshop
University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Maryland
Info: smallruminantparasitemanagement2019.eventbrite.com

June 20-23

American Association of Veterinary Parasitology Annual Meeting
Snowbird, Utah
Info: https://www.aavp.org/aavp-2020-annual-meeting/

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.