March 2021

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A new fact sheet has been published in the Best Management Practices to Control Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants series. It is entitled "Worm-Killing Fungus"." It was written by Drs. Jim Miller and Joan Burke, Louisiana State University and USDA ARS, respectively.

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Members of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC) have been busy doing podcasts. For a list of podcasts pertaining to internal parasite control in small ruminants, check out the podcast page on the consortium's WormX web site: https://www.wormx.info/podcasts

There are two ways to get dewormer-resistant worms: breed your own or import them from someone else's farm. Sheep and goat farms in the US without dewormer-resistant worms are rare. Assume that any sheep or goat brought to your farm is carrying worms with some degree of dewormer resistance.

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Adriano Vatta joined the faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University in December 2020. Just prior, he spent eight years at Zoetis where he focused on anti-parasitic drug research. For several years, Vatta taught veterinary parasitology to students at Ross University in St. Kitts, West Indies.

Vatta received his veterinary degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He also earned a degree in rural resource management from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. For both higher degrees, Adriano evaluated ways to manage gastrointestinal parasites in goats and sheep and to improve small scale goat farming. He collaborated with US researchers in the US to validate the FAMACHA© system.

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The periparturient egg rise is a well known phenomenon in small ruminants. It is the reduction in immunity to parasites that occurs around the time of birthing. The resulting high fecal egg counts are a primary source of pasture infectivity, especially for lambs/kids.

Periparturient Egg Rise (of Sheep and Goats)

March 25

Live Webinar: Selecting Worm Resistant Animals
Pennsylvania Small Ruminant Advisory Committee
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May 22

Integrated Parasite Management and FAMACHA training
Langston University, Langston, Oklahoma
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Since 2013, over 60 "Timely Topic" articles have been published to the web site of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC; WormX). The articles are written by members of the consortium and cover various topics pertaining to internal parasite control in sheep, goats, and camelids. Some of the articles are available in PDF format.

Archive of Timely Topic articles

WORMinfo is edited by Susan Schoenian, University of Maryland Extension Sheep & Goat Specialist. It is published every 1-2 months.

American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control

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.