Goat Parasite Management Workshop in Marvell a success

Workshop participants practice FAMACHA scoring to determine the parasite load in the goat. FAMACHA involves inspecting the eyelids of the goat and comparing them to a picture on a FAMACHA card to get an indication of infestation. (Photo by Arlanda Jacobs)

Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Goat producers gathered at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Marvell for a day-long, hands-on goat parasite management workshop recently.

Conducted by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Cooperative Extension Program, the workshop included training in how to tell when goats need to be dewormed, proper use of dewormers to reduce parasite resistance and alternatives to chemical dewormers.

Dr. David Fernandez, UAPB livestock specialist, offered these tips. Only deworm the animals that need deworming. “About 20 percent of your animals have about 80 percent of the parasitic worms,” says Dr. Fernandez.

Keep records of how often you have to deworm each animal, and cull those that require more frequent deworming. Check the efficacy of dewormers by conducting a fecal egg count resistance test at least once a year, he said.

Workshop participants learned fecal egg counting methods to assess parasite load and how to use the FAMACHA method to measure anemia from parasite infestation in their goats.

Producers interested in having a livestock management workshop in their area should contact Dr. Fernandez at (870) 575-7214 or via email at fernandezd@uapb.edu.

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