‘FAMACHA’ training for sheep producers

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CALDWELL, Ohio — Sheep and goat owners interested in using the FAMACHA system as a selective de-worming tool will want to attend a Sheep and Goat FAMACHA training session scheduled for Thursday, June 27, from 6-9 p.m. at the Eastern Agricultural Research Station in Noble County.

The program will train producers to use a new technique for determining if sheep and goats need dewormed. This selective deworming program reduces the development of internal parasites that are resistant to products utilized to control internal parasites and focuses on de-worming animals that need treatment.

FAMACHA allows sheep and goat producers to use a colored eye chart to identify if an animal is suffering from anemia — an indication that it needs to be de-wormed. It’s not a cure-all, but it can be a key tool in an overall parasite control strategy, and it can prevent unnecessary use of de-wormers, which can cause resistance to develop.

The details. Class size is limited to 25 and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $20 per farm, non-refundable. OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center are the sponsors.

To register, send a check by June 24 payable to OSU Extension to OSU Extension, Guernsey County, PO Box 300, Old Washington, OH 43768.Include your name, address and phone number. For more information, contact Clif Little at 740-489-5300 or 740-732-5681.

To get to the Eastern Agricultural Research Station, 16870 Township Road 126, Caldwell, take I-77 to Exit 28 (Belle Valley). Turn east onto state Route 821 and travel about one mile. Turn left onto state Route 215 and travel another mile; the research station is on the right.

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