TROY, N.Y. — Internal parasites are one of the biggest health problems affecting sheep and goats in the Northeast. As a result, producers need to know how to best combat it. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County will be offering a FAMACHA and Parasite Workshop on Saturday, December 8th from 9am – 12 pm. It will take place at the CCE office in Troy (61 state Street Troy, NY) and will be instructed by Jason Detzel, CCE Ulster County and Kayela Statom, CCE Rensselaer County.
In this workshop producers will be taught the basics of parasite control as well as how to develop integrated parasite management programs for their farms. As part of this workshop we will also have a hands-on training on how to use the FAMACHA Anemia Guide (good only for the barber pole worm) health exams to determine the need for de-worming, and fecal egg counts. Attendees are encouraged to bring a refrigerated fecal sample of 8 to 10 fecal pellets in a baggie from one sheep or goat at your farm to the workshop. Also, in the interest of biosecurity please wear clean clothes and shoes to the workshop and plan to change them prior to working on your own farm.
The cost for the workshop is $20. Light refreshments will be served. Please register in advance by Monday, December 3rd. For registration or additional information, contact Kayela at 518-272-4210 or firstname.lastname@example.org
–Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County
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