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Small Ruminant Parasite Management: FAMACHA (c) Test
March 26 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
About the Event:
A hands-on learning opportunity to learn to conduct the FAMACHA(c) score test on your goats and sheep. You will learn how to use integrated parasite management practices.
Dr. Escobar is an assistant professor and Extension specialist in small ruminants at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He has been interested in small ruminants since graduate school at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before coming to UMES, Dr. Escobar worked in Texas and Oklahoma with dairy, meat and fiber goats.
During the all-day workshop, participants will learn about:
- gastrointestinal parasites that badger small ruminants (sheep and goats),
- anthelmintic resistance,
- practices to mitigate or manage parasite burdens, and
- one tool to identify and monitor parasite burdens.
The morning sessions will serve as the introduction for the afternoon hands-on training session, which will allow participants to get certified on the use of the FAMACHA (c) score card and learn to collect fecal samples for further fecal egg counts. Participants will receive FAMACHA (c) certification.