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Parasite Management

Tools for Managing Internal Parasite in Small Ruminants: Pasture Management (PDF)

For long-term animal health, improving sheep and goat resistance or resilience to internal parasites is a very important strategy. Animal breeding can build a stronger, more resistant herd or flock if producers will identify and select the best animals for long-term health. This publication discusses methods and rationale for selecting sheep and goats with improved resistance or resilience to internal parasites. It also briefly describes other management tools helpful to producers and to the small ruminants raised in humid areas. National Center for Appropriate Technology, May 2012.

Managing Internal Parasite in Sheep & Goats (PDF)

Internal parasite management, especially of Haemonchus contortus (barberpole worm, stomach worm), is a primary concern for the majority of sheep and goat producers. These parasites have become more difficult to manage because of developed resistance to nearly all available dewormers. This publication discusses techniques to manage parasites and to prolong the efficacy of dewormers. New management tools that remain under investigation are also discussed. A list of resources follows the narrative. National Center for Appropriate Technology, 2006, Updated April 2015. 

How to Conduct a Fecal Egg Count in Sheep & Goats 

This video is about conducting a fecal egg count in sheep and goats. Purdue University, 2014.

Tools for Managing Parasites in Small Ruminants: Sericea Lespedeza (PDF)

This publication produced by NCAT/ATTRA and the Southern Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control discusses tools that can be used to manage internal parasites of sheep and goats that are becoming resistant to conventional dewormers. One such tool is the forage sericea lespedeza, and the publication discusses how it can be used and presents the results of research on how it reduces parasites in small ruminants. National Center for Appropriate Technology, 2007. 

Best Management Practices for Pasture Parasite Management 

This Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine website offers a wide array of information on how to manage parasites within your pasture.