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Parasite Management Workshop for Sheep and Goat Producers
Michigan Ag Connection - 08/12/2014

A workshop for sheep and goat producers on managing parasites will be held Aug. 23 from 1-4 p.m. at the MSU South Campus farms, 4813 Powerline Dr., Lansing.

The event begins in the MSU Swine Unit conference room, 4813 Powerline Dr. (gravel road running east off of College Rd. between Jolly and Bennet Rd.) At 2:30 p.m., it moves to the MSU sheep teaching and research center, 3800 Hagadorn Rd. (west side of Hagadorn Rd. between Jolly and Bennet Rd.)

Internal parasites are a growing health concern for sheep and goat production. Effective parasite control in sheep and goats requires careful management to control infection while also slowing down the development of dewormer drug resistance. Developing an effective and sustainable control program requires an integrated approach centered upon proper use of drugs, appropriate grazing management strategies, infection monitoring strategies and an understanding of the symptoms and risk factors for infection. This three hour workshop hosted by Richard Ehrhardt, MSU Small Ruminant Extension specialist, will review these approaches and teach participants how to use the FAMACHA system and perform quantitative fecal egg counts.

For more information, contact Carla McLachlan, or 517-432-5402. Registration is $20 per person, includes a FAMACHA card and and workshop proceedings. Registration can be completed with credit/debit card on line at: MSU Department of Animal Science or by sending name, address, telephone or email and payment to: Michigan State University, Attn: Carla McLachlan, 1290 Anthony Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824.

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