July 15, 2005 | By: Aimee Nielson
LEXINGTON, Ky.

An upcoming workshop will address management strategies to help sheep and meat goat producers cope with internal parasite problems, one of the top health concerns in the sheep and meat goat industry.

University of Kentucky Extension Associate for Goat Management Terry Hutchens will join Extension specialists from Purdue University at the Southern Indiana Purdue Agriculture Center in Dubois, Ind., on July 30 to outline methods of parasite control.

“Sheep and goat producers in Kentucky and Indiana can benefit from this joint workshop,” Hutchens said. “We’ll show them how to combine all the factors and come up with a best management plan for internal parasites in their sheep and goats.”

The workshop begins at 10 a.m. EST and continues until 4 p.m. Through hands-on learning and lectures, the topics will include developing a whole herd parasite control program; management practices to reduce parasitism; proper methods of deworming; how to conduct fecal egg counts; and training and certification for using FAMACHA©, a color eye chart used for detecting clinical anemia in sheep and goats.

“The FAMACHA© system is a relatively new technology for small ruminant producers to use to help control internal parasites and avoid resistance problems,” Hutchens said. 

Registration is $35. Make checks payable to Purdue University and forward to Michael Neary, Purdue University, ANSC, LILY, 915 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054. Hutchens said registration is limited to 50 participants. Kentucky producers needing more information may contact Hutchens at (859) 257- 2465 or via e-mail at thutchen@uky.edu.

Contact: 

Writer: Aimee Nielson 859-257-4736, ext. 267

Contact: Terry Hutchens at 859-257- 2465