Verifying New Sustainable Methods for Small Ruminant Parasite Control

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2004: $3,300.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2005
Region: Northeast
State: Maryland
Project Leader:


  • Animals: bovine, goats


  • Animal Production: parasite control, grazing - continuous, preventive practices, vaccines
  • Crop Production: multiple cropping
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    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.

    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.