Monday, April 14, 2014

Health and Parasite Management in Small Ruminants

Health and Parasite Management in Small Ruminants Training Workshop

Date: May 31, 2014
Venue: Caprine Research and Education Unit (Goat Farm), Tuskegee University  


Conventional method of parasite control by just using chemical de-wormer seems to be ineffective, especially to control barber pole worm – a most significant parasite causing a huge loss in small ruminant industry. For several reasons, this worm is developing resistance against most of the chemical dewormers. Now, it is time to adopt an integrated approach of managing gastrointestinal parasites including barber pole worm. Moreover, external parasites, and infectious and other diseases play a crucial role in the health and well-being of small ruminants. Some of the diseases and parasites are also zoonotic (capable of affecting human).  Producers and professionals must be aware of all these health problems and be able to prevent them on time. This program aims to educate extension professionals and producers on the major health problems in small ruminants and various strategies to prevent them.
Workshop topics/activities (9:00 A.M.  - 3:00 P.M.)
 ·         Major diseases and parasites (internal & external) of small ruminants and their prevention  strategies
·         Pasture and grazing management for controlling internal parasites
·         Nutrition, feeding, and immunity against parasites and diseases
·         FAMACHA and smart drenching
·         Use of tannin containing feeds and forages to control internal parasites
·         Parasite drug resistance in small ruminants: causes and solutions
·         Hands-on activities: General health inspection, use of FAMACHA card, condition score, hoof inspection and trimming, taking temperature, fecal sample collection and examination, identifying parasites and parasite larvae, etc.
Registration fee: $10.00 (if pre-registered by May 16, 2014); $15.00 (after May 16, 2014). Working lunch and snacks will be served and a package of educational materials will be provided.

Please reserve your place today by sending Registration Form along with the registration fee to: Ms. Yvonne Wright, 201 Morrison-Mayberry Hall, Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program, Tuskegee, AL 36088. For registration question, contact Ms. Wright - Phone: 334-724-4440, Email:

For driving direction and further information about the program, see Program Flyer and Program Agenda. Any additional question about the program must be directed to Dr. Uma Karki, Email:, Phone: (334) 727-8336.


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