Sustainable Control of Gastrointestinal Nematodes in Small Ruminants using Forages Containing Condensed Tannins

Project Overview

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2004: $15,500.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2007
Region: Southern
State: Georgia
Principal Investigator:
Will R. Getz
Fort Valley State University

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: cotton, millet, rye, sorghum (milo), wheat, grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Additional Plants: native plants, trees
  • Animals: goats, sheep


  • Animal Production: feed/forage, parasite control, herbal medicines, grazing - multispecies, grazing - rotational, vaccines
  • Crop Production: agroforestry
  • Education and Training: demonstration, on-farm/ranch research, workshop
  • Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns
  • Pest Management: biological control, chemical control, genetic resistance
  • Production Systems: holistic management


    A team of researchers, extension specialists, and producers from AL, AR, DE, GA, KY, LA, MD, NC, OK, TX, VA, WV, Puerto Rico, the USVI, Denmark, and South Africa, making up the Southern Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (, met for a series of research and outreach planning workshops from September, 2004 – October, 2007. In addition to planning on-going work from previously-funded projects on preservation of the efficacy of chemical anthelmintics, development and implementation of alternative, non-chemical small ruminant control methodologies, and widely disseminating findings to clientele groups through producer workshops, these meetings resulted in a number of additional successful grants from SARE (R & E, PDP, Graduate Student), the 1890 Institution Research and Teaching Capacity Building Program (USDA), the Organic Production Improvement Program (USDA), the Sheep and Goat Improvement Association, and the Morris Animal Foundation.

    Project objectives:

    1. To assemble a multi-disciplinary, multi-institution team of researchers, extension personnel, producer organization leaders, and farmers to discuss, prioritize, and plan a field-based research program using bioactive forages and other forage/grazing strategies for sustainable control of small ruminant GIN in the southern USA, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

    2. To develop an education and outreach plan to effectively share research results and prepare informational material for appropriate clientele groups throughout the southern SARE region.

    3. To develop a full proposal for submission to the Southern Region SARE Program

    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.