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May 23, 2019

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Canadian Fact Sheets on Internal Parasitism

CEPOQ (Centre d'expertise en production ovine du Québec) has developed a series of seven fact sheets on internal parasitism management. The Canadian Sheep Federation provided funding for translation from French into English. The fact sheets are available for download as PDF files.


Treatment for Tapes Not Warranted

While sheep tapeworms are large and the segments passed in the dung are very obvious, there is no consistent evidence that they cause production loss or ill-health. Therefore, treatment for tapeworms is not warranted.

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Using FAMACHA© for Liver Flukes

Researchers investigated the potential of using the FAMACHA© system for targeted selective treatment (TST) of liver flukes. FAMACHA© scores were collected on 288 sheep prior to winter slaughter, when fluke infections were largely mature, and condemned livers were recovered and adult flukes extracted.

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Protein-Rich Diets to Control Parasitism

Indian researchers conducted an experiment to determine the effect of dietary protein supplementation on fecal egg counts and hematological parameters in goat kids with sub-clinical nematodosis.

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Joint US-Europe Meeting

The American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC) is meeting jointly with COMBAR (COMBatting Anthelmintic Resistance). The theme of the meeting is "Anthelmintic Resistance in Ruminants: Who Cares?"

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Featured ACSRPC Member

Dr. Rap Kaplan is a Professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. Dr. Kaplan’s research program is focused on measuring, understanding, and solving the problem of drug resistance in helminth parasites. In 2018, he was awarded the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists Boehringer Ingelheim Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award.

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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.