Sustainable Methods for Small Ruminant Parasite Control

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2003: $1,892.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2004
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $2,480.00
Region: Northeast
State: Maryland
Project Leader:


  • Animals: goats


  • Animal Production: parasite control, grazing - multispecies, grazing - rotational

    Proposal summary:

    Commercial de-wormers are expensive and in time may become ineffective, and the farmer will explore whether multispecies grazing and forages with natural tannins will decrease internal parasites. This technique has been observed to decrease parasites in sheep, and the goal is to compare conventional grazing with multispecies and tannin-forage grazing to see whether there is a measurable herd-health and economic impact. The results will be disseminated through producer meetings and extension newsletters.

    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.