Verifying New Sustainable Methods for Small Ruminant Parasite Control

Final Report for FNE04-532

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2004: $3,300.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2005
Region: Northeast
State: Maryland
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Project Information

Summary:

Note to readers, attached is the complete final report for FNE04-532.

The goal of this project was to see if the results of my last project that showed a decrease in parasites in goat kids could be replicated, to test two clostridium vaccines adn to use the FAMACHA eye chart to assess the level of parasites in goat kids. Due to adverse weather conditions my previous study results could not be verified but I did learn some valuable lessons on the cultural requirement of seecia lespedeza. It needs warmth and moisture to germinate but cannot tolerate saturated soil during the dormant or growing season.

My vaccine study showed some unexpected results. The Vision vaccine had a much higher incidence of injected site abscesses that would be unacceptable to producers who are raising animals for show.
The FAMACHA eye chart proved to be a valuable tool to quickly make a decision on whether or not a particular animal needs to be wormed preventing a producer from working an animal needlessly and causing unnecessary expense and perhaps increasing the likelihood of the parasites to become resistant to the wormier.

Cooperators

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  • Niki Whitley

Research

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