- Agronomic: cotton, millet, rye, sorghum (milo), wheat, grass (misc. perennial), hay
- Animals: goats, sheep
- Animal Production: parasite control, feed/forage
- Education and Training: extension, workshop
- Pest Management: biological control
- Production Systems: agroecosystems, holistic management
Use of targeted deworming using the FAMACHA system to identify heavily parasitized sheep and goats greatly expanded over the last 4 years, with over 16,000 cards sold at producer workshops held in most of the states of the US, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands for on-farm use. Feeding of copper oxide wire particles (COWP) and grazing or feeding of dried sericea lespedeza were validated as highly effective novel anti-parasitic agents and have greatly increased in use by sheep and goat producers in the US, reducing their dependence upon chemical anthelmintics.
1. Increase level of adoption of sustainable GIN control strategies recently implemented in the southeastern USA and PR by broadly disseminating state-of-the-art knowledge and procedures.
2. Investigate use of novel non-chemical approaches for controlling GIN in small ruminants.
3. Develop and test sustainable small ruminant parasite control systems integrating conventional and novel GIN control strategies, conduct cost-benefit analyses, and assess the sustainability of these systems