Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County offering workshop on small ruminant parasite management
CANTON -- Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County is offering a workshop on small ruminant parasite management.
Sheep and goats are very susceptible to internal parasites during the summer when they are grazing. Many of the medicines used to help control parasites are becoming ineffective due to overuse. This workshop will teach farmers about the different types of parasites and how to manage their flock or herd to minimize the need to de-worm their animals. There are selective treatment and pasture management strategies that really help decrease parasite exposure.The lecture part of the workshop will be offered by webinar over Zoom and takes place Wednesday, Sept. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. The hands on portion will be offered at three possible times at the Extension Learning Farm in Canton.
The hands-on class includes using a microscope to do fecal egg counts and learning to use the FAMACHA card. Farmers who complete both parts will be eligible to receive the official FAMACHA card. The hands-on class will be offered Thursday, Sept. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. and on Saturday Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. Efforts will be made to keep the groups small and have social distancing.
The cost for the class materials is $20 per farm and will be paid at the hands-on class.
To register, please go to the CCE website at htts://stlawrence.cce.cornell.edu. Contact Betsy Hodge at [email protected] or 315-379-9192 for more information.