Small Ruminant Health Superheroes Assemble

Members of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control.
Members of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control.

If you’re a small ruminant producer, you know that internal parasites present serious challenges to your animals’ health and your farm’s bottom line. But did you know there’s a group working on your behalf to find sustainable methods of controlling these nefarious nematodes? They’re called the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC). They’re the small ruminant industry’s Justice League, and NCAT’s own Margo Hale, Linda Coffey, and Dave Scott are members.

The ACSRPC is composed of researchers, veterinarians, and educators from across the country, and they come together a few times each year. Linda and Margo hosted the ACSRPC’s spring meeting June 4-6 in Fayetteville, Ark. Dave Scott traveled from Butte, Mont., to attend.

Representatives from Fort Valley State University, Langston University, Louisiana State University, North Carolina A&T University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of Missouri, University of Arkansas, and USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) attended the meeting, as well as two consultants/educators who have sheep operations in northwest Arkansas.

Members reported on their research into ways to control anthelmintic resistant worms, including bioactive forages, various forage/parasite trials, and genetic and breeding values. They also discussed new research needs and ideas.  The group outlined training modules and videos that will incorporate parasite management into a holistic small ruminant production outreach plan.

Dave also completed his training in FAMACHA, a comprehensive diagnostic tool used to identify the degree of Haemonchus contortus, or barber pole worm, infection in sheep and goats and the measures that can be implemented to control this widespread parasite.

For more information about ACSRPC members and their work, visit http://wormx.info.

Check out these ATTRA resources on small ruminants:
Small Ruminant Toolbox
Managing Internal Parasites in Sheep and Goats
Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Animal Selection
Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Copper Wire Particles
Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Pasture Management
Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Sericea Lespedeza – IP316

If you have questions about internal parasite control or other aspects of small ruminant production, contact ATTRA at 1-800-346-9140 or use our online form. You can also join our Farmer Knows Best forum.

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