Internal parasites are the worst health problem for small ruminants, and can be devastating to a flock or herd. It is possible to combat this persistent enemy, though! ATTRA – Sustainable Agriculture and Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) are teaming up to offer a three-part webinar series that will teach producers tools and strategies to keep their animals healthy. Livestock Specialist Linda Coffey, who is based in NCAT’s Southeast Regional Office, will present the three webinars. Read on for a sneak peek at what she’ll cover in each installment of the series.
Webinar Dates, Times, and Topics
Each webinar will build upon information presented in the previous session.
Part 1: Know Thy Enemy
Linda will lay the foundation for the rest of the series in this first session. She will discuss the parasite life cycle, parasite effects and symptoms, and adaptations that make parasites difficult to control.
Part 2: Outsmart the Enemy
In this session, Linda will build on the previous class and will discuss ways to prevent parasites. Strategies include organic principles for encouraging animal health, animal selection, evasive grazing, and quarantine of new purchases.
Part 3: Attack the Enemy
This session will cover treatment protocols and strategies, and will tie together all of the strategies that Linda discussed throughout the series.
Linda will answer questions during each webinar. Participants can submit questions beforehand when they register, or via chat during the webinar. Registrants will also receive select resources via email following each webinar.
All three webinars will begin at 2 pm Eastern time and will run about one hour. To register for the webinar series, visit https://foodanimalconcernstrust.org/webinars.
Don’t worry if you can’t make the live webinars! All three will be recorded and posted to the ATTRA website.
Linda and other NCAT livestock specialists have produced many resources about internal parasites in small ruminants, including publications, videos, and tutorials. Following are just a few of the resources available from ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture.
FAMACHA Out West
Don’t Let the Barberpole Worm Devastate your Flock
(running time: 12 minutes)
Beginning Farmer Tutorial for Sheep and Goat Producers
This series of narrated powerpoints will help beginners learn more about production and marketing of sheep and goats, including health care.
Controlling Internal Parasites
(running time: 29 minutes)
This is an excellent, concise overview of the problem and solutions to internal parasite problems in sheep and goats.
About the Presenter
Linda has been an Agriculture Specialist for NCAT since 2000, focused on working with sheep and goat producers. She grew up on a diversified livestock farm in central Missouri, where her family raised cattle, hogs, and sheep. Linda earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Science from the University of Missouri. She is a member of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC), American Dairy Goat Association, and Gulf Coast Sheep Breeders Association. She speaks at conferences and workshops, leads educational programs, and produces publications and other educational resources for NCAT’s ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program. Linda and her family raise Gulf Coast and Suffolk sheep and Alpine dairy goats on their small farm in northwest Arkansas.
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) is a national nonprofit organization that advocates for the safe and humane production of meat, milk, and eggs. FACT’s services for livestock and poultry farmers include:Fund-a-Farmer grants, conference scholarships, free webinars, and the Humane Farming Mentorship Program. Find more about FACT on their website, https://foodanimalconcernstrust.org.