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October 22, 2019

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Dr Faffa Malan - Famacha

History of FAMACHA© System

Dr. Faffa Malan, one of the developers of the FAMACHA© system is interviewed in this 17 minute 30 second video from South Africa. The FAMACHA© card is an anemia chart. It is part of a holistic parasite management system. The first card was produced in 1990.


ACSRPC Web Site Reaches A Global Audience

The American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC) was organized in 2003 in response to the widespread emergence of anthelmintic-resistant worms. A web site (acsrpc.org) was established in 2004 to provide up-to-date information to stakeholders. The web site (wormx.info) was upgraded in 2012 and is now hosted by the University of Maryland.

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Correlation of Parasite Traits

Canadian researchers conducted a study to determine the relationship between (log transformed) fecal egg counts (FEC) and packed cell volume (PCV) and subjective clinical parameters, including FAMACHA© score, body condition score (BCS), dag score (DS), and fecal consistency score (FCS), in a cold, continental climate in which Haemonchus makes up only a moderate portion of the parasite infection.

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Update: Mini-FLOTAC

The lab of Dr. Ray Kaplan at the University of Georgia is the North American distributor for Mini FLOTAC fecal egg counting devises. The Mini FLOTAC is a relatively new method developed at the University of Naples in Italy. The mini-FLOTAC system uses a counting chamber with a novel design, along with a self-contained processing device called a Fill-FLOTAC. This makes performing a fecal egg count (FEC) easier, less messy, and more consistent.

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Featured ACSRPC Member

Katherine Petersson is an Associate Professor at the University of Rhode Island (URI) in the Department of Fisheries, Animal & Veterinary Science. Along with Anne Zajac from Virginia Tech and in cooperation with ACSRPC, Dr. Petersson has developed online FAMACHA© training.

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Delmarva Small Ruminant Conference: All Worms All Day
December 19, 2019 - Ewing, Virginia

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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.