Sheep and goat owners interested in using the FAMACHA system as a selective deworming tool will want to attend a Sheep and Goat FAMACHA Training session scheduled for Thursday, July 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Eastern Agricultural Research Station in Noble County.
The program will train producers to use the commercially available system to reduce the development of internal parasites that are resistant to drugs, said Clif Little, Ohio State University Extension educator in agriculture and natural resources.
“FAMACHA allows sheep and goat producers to use a colored eye chart to identify if an animal is suffering form anemia — an indication that it needs to be dewormed,” Little said. “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.”
Class size is limited to 25 and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $15 per person, non-refundable. OSU Extension and the university’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) are the sponsors.
To register, send a check by July 20 payable to OSU Extension to OSU Extension, Guernsey County, P.O. Box 300, Old Washington, OH 43768. Include your name, address and phone number. For more information, contact 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.
OARDC and OSU Extension are the research and outreach arms, respectively, of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.