MSU Extension offers program on managing internal parasites in sheep and goats

Having trouble dealing with internal parasites in sheep and goats? Register now for a series of educations sessions and workshops on integrated parasite control hosted by Michigan State University (MSU) Extension.

Internal parasite infections are becoming an increasingly greater obstacle in sheep and goat production. This is due in part to the fact that internal parasites have begun to develop resistance to many of the currently available de-worming products. For effective and sustainable control into the future, an integrated approach is necessary.

To learn more about integrated control methods, Dr. Richard Ehrhardt, MSU Extension small ruminant specialist, will host a series of web-based discussions and hands-on field days on current approaches to improve infection control. A series of two webinars will provide the information needed to implement effective sustainable control of parasites. At the hands-on field day producers will learn how to monitor parasite infection using FAMACHA and quantitative fecal egg counting. Novice and experienced producers alike will benefit from the information and techniques presented.

Webinars will be held on July 9 and 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. On July 9 Dr. Ehrhardt will identify the parasites of economic importance in the upper Midwest and set the stage necessary to understand the risk factors for infection and how to monitor infection. The July 16 webinar will cover de-wormer drugs, identification of effective drugs and how to slow down the development of drug resistance. This will be followed by an overview of control programs emphasizing a multifaceted approach using effective drugs, grazing management and feasible plans for infection monitoring.

Recorded presentations will be made available for those who cannot attend these sessions or for those who lack adequate internet access. The field days will be held in three Michigan locations: West Branch, East Lansing and Traunik on July 21, Aug. 4 and Sept. 15 respectively.

For more information download the program flier or contact Carla McLachlan at (517) 432-5402.

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