What's new in the world of worms?

May 1, 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.

Bioworma - Duddingtonia

BioWorma, an innovative biological control product for parasitic nematodes (roundworms) developed by an animal health company in western Sydney, has finally been registered for use in Australia. Blacktown-based International Animal Health Products (IAHP) hopes BioWorma will be registered for release in NZ by next week followed by the United States by the end of April.

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Turning the Forage World Upside Down

In the February issue of Hay & Forage Grower, Mike Rankin shared a story about Reed Edwards, a South Carolina farmer who had been growing sericea lespedeza hay for about 10 years. Edwards sold his hay about as fast as he could make it, mostly to customers with Boer show goats or dairy goats.

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Low Sensitivity of FAMACHA© System

Brazilian researchers conducted a study to determine the sensitivity and specificity of the FAMACHA© system in growing lambs. Between 2015 and 2016, lambs aged 60–210 days on two sheep farms were evaluated at 15-day intervals using the FAMACHA© system. In total, 1591 assessments were analyzed.

The highest percentage of larvae in the fecal cultures was for Haemonchus spp., (Ht) with an average of 78.5%.

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Timely Topics Published

Between August 2013 and November 2017, fifty-eight (58) Timely Topics were published to the ACSRPC web site. The Topics were written mostly by members of the consortium and covered a variety of topics pertaining to internal parasites. We are in the process of publishing these Timely Topics as fact sheets that can be downloaded as PDF files. So far, eight Timely Topics have been published.

Go to archives of Timely Topics
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WORMWISE for Goats

Wormwise for Goats is a publication from Beef & Lamb New Zealand. The 16-page publication includes four chapters: 1) What effects do worms have and how do they limit production; 2) Worm biology; 3) Principles for worm management; and 4) Drenches and drench resistance.

Wormwise is the product of an industry initiative to develop a national worm management strategy in New Zealand.

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Upcoming FAMACHA© Workshop

May 12
Integrated Parasite Control/FAMACHA© Training Workshop
Martha's Vineyard, Agricultural Society Animal Barn, West Tisbury, Massachusetts
Info: Julie Scott at julielikescows@gmail.com or (508) 737-7827. Download flyer.

May 19

Parasite Workshop & FAMACHA© training
Langston University, Langston, Oklahoma
Info: http://www.luresext.edu/?q=content/parasite-workshop-and-famacha-training

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

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.