Internal Parasites in Sheep & Goats FAMACHA Workshop

 30 May
 Wellspring Forest Farm, Mecklenburg, NY and CCE Schuyler County, Montour Fall, NY
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 Cornell Goat Extension
Two Half-Day Sessions: FAMACHA Certification (Sat. May 30th) and Fecal Egg Counting (Wed. June 3rd) Saturday May 30, 9am – 1pm 9:00 am Introductions – describe your farm and primary parasite problem 9:15 am Internal parasites – Current situation/Knowing your enemy 10:15 am Know your weapons – Management practices and Tools for selective deworming 11:45 am Break for lunch and questions (*bring your own lunch please) 12:15 pm Hands-on FAMACHA and discussion of evasive grazing techniques 1:00 pm Get FAMACHA certifications signed and Adjourn Wednesday June 3, 7 – 9:30pm 7 pm 7:45 pm 9:00 pm 9:30 pm What’s new in parasite management Hands-on Fecal Egg Analysis w/ microscopes Break into small groups to write future management plans Adjourn Attend one or both sessions; Cost is $5 per person for either or both sessions Please note that you must take the Saturday session to receive FAMACHA certification. FAMACHA cards will be available for $12 per card for people obtaining FAMACHA certification. You are encouraged to bring a fecal sample from one goat, sheep, alpaca or llama for the Wednesday workshop. Please refrigerate sample after collecting it. We will also provide wormy samples. Workshop Description: Internal parasites (gastro-intestinal worms) are the number one health problem affecting sheep and goats in the Northeast U.S. Because worms have become resistant to many of the anthelmintics (dewormers) producers use, a more integrated approach to internal parasite control is necessary. This workshop series is designed to help producers develop integrated parasite management (IPM) programs for their farms and flocks. It will also help familiarize county extension staff with IPM techniques. The primary instructor is Dr. Tatiana Stanton, Cornell Small Ruminant Extension Specialist. In addition to teaching the basics of internal parasites and their control, the Saturday workshop will teach proper anthelmintic use and hands-on training in using the FAMACHA © Anemia Guide and other monitoring skills to determine the need for deworming. You must take the Saturday workshop to obtain FAMACHA certification. Wednesday’s workshop will provide lots of practice on doing fecal worm egg analyses and also cover new innovations in parasite control. Reference materials will be provided at both workshops and laminated FAMACHA © cards will be for sale for $12 to participants who have FAMACHA certification. In the interest of biosecurity, PLEASE wear clean clothes and shoes to the Saturday workshop and plan on changing your clothes upon returning to your own farm before doing chores. We ask that you disinfect your footwear or wear plastic booties (we’ll provide boot bath and booties) before and after handling the animals. Be sure to wash hands before and after handling the animals. Fee: $5 per person to attend either or both workshops. There will be an additional $12 if purchasing a FAMACHA card. Please bring your own bagged lunch for the Saturday session as we will not provide lunch. Feel free to bring a refrigerated baggie with 8 to 10 fecal pellets from one goat or sheep to the Wednesday session. We will provide microscopes on Wednesday but you are welcomed to bring yours along if you have one. Limited to 30 Participants per workshop! Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County, the USDA Organic Research & Extension Initiative, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NESARE) Program and Federal Formula Funds. Please Register by May 25th. To register, contact: Elizabeth Gabriel, Wellspring Forest Farm. Email or phone - or 607.793.3383. Please indicate (1) Name, (2) Farm Name if applicable, (3) # of people you are registering, (4) which session/s you want to attend, and (5) payment method. Saturday May 30, 9am -1pm, Wellspring Forest Farm, Mecklenburg, NY Wednesday June 3, 7 – 9:30pm, CCE Schuyler County, Montour Fall, NY

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