Early Lamb Weaning in a Pasture System to Reduce Summer Parasites and Chemical Dewormer Use

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2007: $5,990.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2009
Region: North Central
State: Ohio
Project Coordinator:
Curt Cline
Cline Family Farms


  • Animals: sheep


  • Animal Production: animal protection and health, grazing - rotational, parasite control

    Proposal summary:

    Lambs often pick up heavy internal parasite loads by grazing with ewes for 90 or more days after birth. Early weaning of lambs combined with a rotational grazing system that minimizes exposure to infective worm larvae will be used to decrease lamb worm loads, increase lamb gains and decrease use of chemical de-wormers.

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