Analyzing the Effectiveness and Decreasing the Use of Dewormers in Meat Goats by Using FAMACHA and Fecal Samples to Implement Integrated Pest Management

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2006: $6,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2008
Region: North Central
State: Indiana
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  • Animals: goats
  • Animal Products: meat


  • Animal Production: animal protection and health, parasite control
  • Pest Management: genetic resistance, integrated pest management

    Proposal summary:

    The meat goat industry is rapidly losing a vital tool as worm resistance is building to the only available dewormers on the market. If farmers can implement a pest management system to decrease their reliance on chemical dewormers by using new technology such as FAMACHA, selective drenching and fecal testing, they can effectively manage the health of their herd while also keeping resistant worm eggs from populating pastures and reduce use of chemical dewormers.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.