What's new in the world of worms?

October 23, 2018

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Are Males More Susceptible to Worms?

There is conflicting data as to whether males are more susceptible to gastrointestinal nematodes than females. It has been suggested that testosterone may have an immunosuppressive effect and that females may have a better immune response due to the role of prolactin. However, most lambs are castrated at an early age and the differences between castrated males and females are not clear.

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Fact Sheet: Nutritional Effects on Parasites

Nutritional Effects on Parasites is the 6th fact sheet in the ACSRPC's Best Management Practices for Internal Parasite Control in Small Ruminants series. Dr. Steve Hart from Langston University is the author. Twelve fact sheets are planned for the series

Download other fact sheets

Virginia Ram Test Paying Off

The ram test at Virginia Tech's Southwest Agricultural Research & Education Center (in Glade Spring) offers one of the few opportunities to buy rams with objective data on parasite resistance. In addition to being evaluated for parasite resistance in the test, a portion of the rams come from NSIP flocks and have EBVs for parasite resistance.

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Two New Videos From Texas A&M

Dr. Reid Redden, Sheep & Goat Specialist, from Texas A&M AgriLIfe Extension has made two new videos to help sheep and goat producers better manage parasites.

Best Management Practices for Deworming Sheep & Goats (8 minutes 11 seconds)

How to determine effectiveness of dewormers (7 minutes 44 seconds)

New FAMACHA© Instructor: Christine Hernandez

Christine Hernandez has been added to the ACSRPC web site as a new FAMACHA© instructor. She is a Livestock Specialist at Heifer Project International in Perryville, Arkansas. Christine is originally from Michigan. She obtained her Master's Degree from the University or Arkansas. Her graduate thesis was titled “A Study of Gastrointestinal Parasites of Goats in Northwest Arkansas.”

Christine can be reached at (501) 889-8601 or christine.hernandez@heifer.org.

See full list of instructors

Upcoming Events

December 8
Delmarva Small Ruminant Conference: ALL WORMS ALL DAY
Western Maryland Research & Education Center, Keedysville, Maryland
Info: Susan Schoenian at sschoen@umd.edu or (301) 432-2767 x343

ALL WORMS ALL DAY has been approved for 5 continuing education credits for veterinarians and certified vet technicians by the Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. The conference has also been approved for 5 continuing education credits for professional animal scientists (ARPAS).

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.