What's new in the world of worms?

September 25, 2019

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.

To see previous newsletters, click HERE.

Big picture

ACSRPC Members Attend Meeting in Belgium

Thirteen members of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC) traveled to Ghent, Belgium, to participate in a joint COMBAR-ACSRPC meeting: Anthelmintic resistance in ruminants: who cares?

Read more . . .
Big picture

What is Sainfoin?

In the United States, especially the Southeast, sericea lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata) is promoted as a tannin-containing forage that can reduce internal parasitism in small ruminants. In Europe, sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia Scop.) is reported to have the same effect.

Read more . . .

Update on Online FAMACHA© Training

Online FAMACHA© training was initiated in March 2016 by the University of Rhode Island, in cooperation with the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ASCRPC). Since inception and through July 31, 2019, 333 participants from 43 US states and 6 Canadian provinces have started the program with 213 participants completing it and receiving FAMACHA© certification (64%).

Read more . . .

War of the Worms

Video: War of the Worms

In response to increasing reports of anthelmintic (wormer) resistance in many common gastro-intestinal worms affecting the health and welfare of livestock and horses, the Moredun Institute (in Scotland) has teamed up with an animator to create an engaging and entertaining short film highlighting the important elements involved in the development and spread of anthelmintic resistance as well as the crucial messages on sustainable methods of worm control.


Using GPS to Combat Parasitism

The benefits of GPS tracking technology to combat internal parasite burden were explored by researchers in Australia. Twenty ewes from a fine-wool Merino stud were fitted with GPS collars. The position of each animal was recorded every 12 seconds over a 24 hour period. Concurrent with the fitting of the collars, fecal samples were collected and FEC was determined.

Read more . . .

Featured ACSRPC Member

Dr. Hervé Hoste graduated as a DVM in 1982. He is a senior INRA researcher at the Université de Toulouse in France. Dr. Hoste has conducted research in veterinary parasitology, especially on GINs of sheep and goats for thirty years. His most recent research is aimed at at analyzing the influence of gut environment on GINs, in relation with animal feed (nutraceuticals).

Read Dr. Hoste's full profile

View all ACSRPC members
Big picture
Big picture
Maryland Small Ruminant Pasture, Grazing, & Browsing Conference
Registration link | Download Agenda
Delmarva Small Ruminant Conference: All Worms All Day
December 19, 2019 - Ewing, Virginia

Registration Link & Information

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.