Cornell Cooperative Extension to offer parasite management class in Canton
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 11:45 am

CANTON -- Cornell Cooperative Extension will offer the integrated parasite management and FAMACHA class Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., in the back classroom at the Extension Learning Farm.

Sheep and goat producers will learn about the different types of worms, the different types of de-wormers, and how to use the de-wormers strategically to avoid building up resistance in the parasites at your farm.

We will also talk about ways to graze and manage your sheep and goats to avoid building up parasite larva on the pasture. There are several parts to the class.

The first is a lecture part in the morning and then after lunch will be more hands on activities like running fecal samples and doing the FAMACHA test on sheep or goats.

Internal parasites are one of the biggest challenges for sheep and goat owners to manage.

Using pasture for feeding small ruminants is one of the best ways to keep costs down and improve animal health.

However, there are pasturing techniques that can help lower the risk of parasite build up over the summer. This class will focus on prevention but also talk about how and when to de-worm when needed.

The cost is $20 and participants should bring their lunch (there are also places to buy lunch not too far away).

Farmers will take home a folder of info and an official FAMACHA card.

This class is a must for beginner sheep and goat farmers. Registration is required by June 14.

Please email Betsy Hodge at [email protected], or call the extension office at 315-379-9192 ext 227. On-line registration is available at http://stlawrence.cce.cornell.edu/. Pay at the door or on-line.