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August 21, 2019

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The Moredun Research Institute (of Scotland) has prepared a video (6 min 53 sec) on the life cycle of the liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7xVlcZPLtQ

Fight the Fluke

Fight the Fluke

by Jim Miller

Liver flukes can be found anywhere in areas with high rainfall and standing water. The ideal regions of the US are the Southeast and Northwest. All age groups of animals are susceptible to infection. The important things to remember are that both the flukes and the right snails have to be present. Without one there is no infection potential.

Read more . . .

Supplementation of Grassfed Lambs

USDA researchers designed an experiment to determine the effect of forage-based production, either grass-fed or grass-based with modest supplementation, on gastro-intestinal nematode (GIN) infection and growth of fall-born lambs.

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Mini FLOTAC Devises Now Available

by Sue Howell

The lab of Dr. Rap Kaplan at the University of Georgia is now the North America distributor of the Mini FLOTAC fecal egg counting devises. These devises have a higher sensitivity for detecting eggs in fecal samples.

Read more . . .

A Vaccine for Barber Pole Worm

Barbervax® was developed by the Moredun Research Institute, a UK-based animal health charity owned by farmers, with support from several Australian entities. It advertises itself as the first vaccine in the world for a gut dwelling parasite of livestock.

Read more . . .

Registration is Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2019 Delmarva Small Ruminant Conference All Worms All Day Conference, to be held Saturday, December 7 at Lincoln Memorial University in Ewing, Virginia.

Featured ACSRPC Member

Jim Miller is a Professor of Veterinary Medicine Emeritus at Louisiana State University. Dr. Miller received a BS degree from the University of New Mexico in 1966, and DVM, MPVM and PhD degrees from the University of California, Davis in 1978, 1982 and 1983, respectively. He is board certified in parasitology in the American College of Veterinary Microbiology.

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August 27-29

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

Several ACSRPC members are giving oral and poster presentations at this meeting.

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

Registration link

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.