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Role of Fecal Egg Counts
The Role of Fecal Egg Counts in Sheep/Goat Health is the title of the most recent Timely Topic, published by the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC). The author is Susan Schoenian, Sheep & Goat Specialist for University of Maryland Extension.
Diarrhea Associated With Parasites
Australian researchers published a review article about "Diarrhea associated with gastrointestinal parasites in grazing sheep." Diarrhea is a common and widespread problem in sheep. In many places, it is a major risk factor for flystrike.
Comparison of Fecal Egg Count Methods
Measurement of fecal egg counts (FEC) is the standard approach for assessing strongyle-type parasite egg shedding in livestock and is the primary means for assessing dewormer efficacy. There are several fecal egg counting methods. They vary in sensitivity, accuracy, precision, and technical difficulty.
New videos from ATTRA
Some new videos have been added to the web site
ATTRA is a program developed and managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). ATTRA provides information and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture.
Timely Topic: March 2014
Do Herbal Dewormers Work?
by Dahlia O'Brien
Internal parasite infections are a major cause for reduced productivity in the sheep and goat industry. Before the use of chemical dewormers became widespread, many livestock farmers used natural plant remedies in their herd/flock to control these infections. But, how effective are they in controlling internal parasites?
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. In the body of the message, write subscribe WORMINFO. You can also subscribe to the newsletters via Smore.