Canton's Cornell Cooperative Extension hosting workshop on sheep parasites
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 9:02 am

CANTON -- Summer is the season for pasturing livestock, but with that comes the challenge of managing the internal parasites that animals can ingest as they graze. On July 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence will host a regional training workshop to help small livestock farmers to understand the life cycles of parasites and how pasture management can impact the risk of parasite load, and to learn a diagnostic tool developed in South Africa.

"The … training helps producers match eyelid color to anemia levels that can indicate parasitic infection. This type of diagnosing tool helps producers target treatment to only infected animals, which saves on cost and helps slow down the development of treatment resistance," workshop leader and livestock specialist Betsy Hodge said.

The class includes information about the different types of worms, their life cycles, the symptoms they evoke in livestock and control methods, including different types of de-wormers.

Participants are asked to bring a fecal sample from one of their animals to look at under the microscope and to learn how to do their own microscope evaluations.

Registration includes lunch and materials and costs $35. per person and $10 for each additional person from the same farm. Pre-registration is required, however, payment will be accepted at the door.

Info, sign-ups: 379-9192 or bmf9@cornell.edu