Measuring the Effectiveness of Treating Lambs With Garlic at Various Rates for Internal Parasites Using the FAMACHA System

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2004: $6,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2004
Region: Northeast
State: Maine
Project Leader:
Jean Noon
Noon Family Sheep Farm

Annual Reports


  • Vegetables: garlic
  • Animals: sheep


  • Animal Production: parasite control
  • Pest Management: botanical pesticides
  • Production Systems: holistic management

    Proposal summary:

    The newly implemented organic standards require producers to use natural materials to treat parasites in sheep and lambs. A 2003 SARE project indicated that garlic juice was the most effective organic worming treatment. This study will explore the use of the FAMACHA system to determine parasite load in lambs and to measure the effectiveness of different dosages of garlic juice to achieve the optimum worming rate. Outreach will be through publications, workshops, and a field day.

    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.