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<< Saturday, July 15, 2017 >>
Event: Hands-on Internal Parasitism of sheep and goats through Management Strategies to improve Enterprise Sustainability and Profitability Start: 7/15/17 9:00am
Fee: FREE End: 7/15/17 12:00pm
Calendar(s): Animal Science & Forages; Animal Science & Forages; Animal Science & Forages; Urban Affairs
Address: County: Marshall
Contact Name: Eddie Wheeler Phone: Office (256) 582-2009
Event Website: Email: wheeled@aces.edu
Description: Enhanced fitness (health traits) in small ruminants is central for enterprise long-term sustainability and profitability. It will require genetically fit animals to reduce management inputs while achieving satisfactory levels of reproductive output in the Southeast U.S. This is a series of research-based workshops proposed that will be focused on gastrointestinal management of sheep and goats because of: * Hardiness should be considered in addition to reproductive merit when making genetic choices. * Sheep and Goat with inherently higher susceptibility to internal parasite will exhibit lower production levels, higher maintenance costs, and(or) higher mortality rates in the herd. * Wet climate pasture conditions typical of the Southeast US promote the increased condition to gastrointestinal parasitism. Internal parasites are often cited as a major threat to sheep and goat productivity. Producers will learn about: * Phenotyping and selecting for genetic resistance to gastro-intestinal parasites in sheep and goat herds * Hands-on microscopic identification and count (modified McMaster technique) of parasite eggs; a tool for to select resilient animals to worms. * Basic forages and pasture management practices to minimize GI infection in sheep and goats. Please contact Eddie Wheeler at Office: (256) 582-2009 for registration.