- Animals: bovine, goats
- Animal Production: parasite control, grazing - continuous, preventive practices, vaccines
- Crop Production: multiple cropping
- Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures
Limited pasture space and an inability to rotate animals in a way that will decrease parasite load is a major problem for northeast goat and sheep producers. A 2003 SARE grant found that the tannin-containing forage, Lespedeza serecia, combined with multispecies rotational grazing, decreased chemical dewormer use in goats. This grant will try to determine if the serecia was the reason for this decrease or if the multispecies rotational grazing was the reason. Outreach will be through presentations, publications, and a web site.