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June 25, 2019

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2019 NAHMS Goat Study

Anthelmintic resistance testing will be part of the 2019 NAHMS Goat Study. In a cooperative agreement between Louisiana State University and USDA APHIS, the study will evaluate the use of anthelmintics on US goat operations and the prevalence of anthelmintic resistance in goat parasite populations in the US.

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No Benefit to Ewe Supplementation

For two years in New Zealand, ewes either grazed pasture alone or were supplemented daily for the first four weeks of lactation with 0.5 kg (1.1 lbs) of a high protein pellet. Supplementation did not affect ewe live weight or body condition score or weight of lamb weaned per ewe.

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New Video on Genetic Selection

"Genetic Selection for Parasite Resistance" is Reid Redden's latest Facebook Live Video. Dr. Redden is a Sheep & Goat Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. It is a 4 minute 20 second video.


Free Fecal Egg Count (FEC) Analysis

As part of a grant project, the University of Rhode Island is offering free fecal egg count (FEC) analysis to sheep and goat producers in New England, New York New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. Samples will be accepted during the 2019 summer months.

If interested, contact Holly Burdett or Dr. Katherine Petersson at urisheepandgoat@etal.uri.edu.

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Katahdin Sheep Sale

The Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center in Booneville, Arkansas will hold a sale of Katahdin Sheep on August 1, 2019. Mature rams and ewes and fall and winter-born ram and ewe lambs will be offered for sale. All animals will have estimated breeding values (EBVs) for parasite resistance (fecal egg counts). A catalog will be available in July.


Featured ACSRPC Member

Dr. Niki Whitley is an Extension Specialist at Fort Valley State University (FVSU; since 2015) with 20+ years of experience with small ruminant production. Prior to FVSU, Dr. Whitley was the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader and Animal Science Specialist at North Carolina A&T State University and before that she was at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Dr. Whitley has many research articles, is a successful grant writer, and has several newsletter and fact sheet publications aimed at farmer/producer education.

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August 1
Katahdin Sheep Sale
USDA ARS Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center
Info: https://www.ars.usda.gov/southeast-area/booneville-ar/dale-bumpers-small-farms-research-center/

All sheep sell with NSIP parasite resistance data.

August 27-29

Ghent, Belgium
Info: https://www.combar-acsrpc2019.org/

September 21, 2019
Southwest AREC Sheep Field Day & Ram Test Sale
Virginia Tech Southwest Agricultural Research & Extension Center
Glade Spring, Virginia
Info: web link

The Southwest AREC Ram Test evaluates rams for parasite resistance. Many of the sale rams also have EBVs for parasite resistance.

October 19, 2019
Small Ruminant Pasture, Grazing, & Browsing Conference
Western Maryland Research & Education Center
Keedysville, Maryland
Info: https://2019grazingconference.eventbrite.com

This all-day conference will include a presentation on internal parasite control.

December 7

Third All Worms All Day Conference
Sponsored by Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware Extension
Lincoln Memorial University, DeBusk Teaching Center, Ewing, Virginia
Info: Dahlia O'Brien at dobrien@vsu.edu

This is the third time this conference will be held. It was previously held in Maryland and Delaware. All speakers are members of the consortium.

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.