One of the primary barriers to profitable sheep and goat production in pasture-based systems is losses due to internal parasites. The parasite of primary concern is the barber pole worm, Haemonchus contortus and a production issue is resistance to chemical dewormers. One management tool is the FAMACHA eyelid scorecard that can help a farmer make a decision to treat or not to treat the animal with a chemical dewormer. In order for this tool to be effective, it must be used correctly.
East Holmes Veterinary Clinic and OSU Extension Wayne County will be hosting a FAMACHA ©system workshop on Saturday, September 22 from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm. The workshop will take place on the Leroy Kuhns farm located at 8085 CR 235 Fredericksburg OH 44627. Participants will learn the parasite life cycle, how resistance develops and parasite management strategies including use of the FAMACHA system. Participants will receive hands-on instruction on how to use the FAMACHA card using the farm’s sheep. Please wear clean clothes and shoes for biosecurity reasons to protect the flock.
The cost of the workshop is $20 per person and $10 for any additional members of the same farm. Please pre-register with the Wayne County Extension office at 330-264-8722 by September 19.