Learn to protect livestock from parasites at July 17 session in Canton
Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 2:29 pm

CANTON – Owners of commercial livestock and pet sheep, goat, alpaca or llama owners can learn how to cost-effectively and efficiently protect their animals from internal parasites at the Saturday, July 17 Small Ruminant IPM Parasite Control Class offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County at the Extension Learning Farm on St. Rt. 68.

The 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. class includes a lecture, lab and on-farm components

Instructor Betsy Hodge, a small livestock educator with CCE St Lawrence, says, “Internal parasites – better known as worms – are the number one problem affecting small ruminants. Sheep, goats, alpacas and llamas are more susceptible to internal parasites than other livestock due to their grazing behavior.”

Hodge says small ruminant farmers can no longer rely on anti-parasitic drugs to control parasites in their flocks and herds.

“Unfortunately, parasites have become increasingly resistant to many of the anti-parasitic drugs. As a result, producers can no longer rely on de-worming alone for control. A more integrated approach is necessary,” Hodge says.

“Because a small percentage of animals carry most of the parasites on a farm, FAMACHA training is a way for farmers to learn how to identify and treat only those animals that need treatment and that will save time, labor and cost,” Hodge says.

The workshop will focus on pasturing, strategic de-worming, the FAMACHA system and other methods for minimizing the use of drugs and maximizing animal health.

Registration in advance is required while the $35 fee per farm for materials, lab supplies and lunch can be paid the day of class. Additional attendees from the same farm only will be charged $5 for lunch.

For more information, contact Hodge at 379-9192 or bmf9@cornell.edu.

To register, call Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County at 379-9192.

You can learn more about regional livestock production on the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program website at www.nnyagdev.org.