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2018 Delmarva Small Ruminant Conference - ALL WORMS ALL DAY

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 - 9:30am to 3:30pm
University of Maryland’s Western Maryland Research & Education Center
All topics will pertain to internal parasite (worm and coccidia) control in sheep, goats, and camelids. All speakers are members of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC; wormx.info ). The conference is a repeat of a similar conference held last year at Delaware State...

Using Goats for Vegetation Management

Saturday, Jun. 17, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Urbana Regional Library
This field trip, part of the Walnut Council Annual Spring Workshop, will be held rain or shine. Dress appropriately for the weather. Participants will meet at the Urbana Regional Library for a welcome and introduction from Eco Goat's Brian Knox and will then visit the field site to see the goats in...

FAMACHA Workshop & Certification

Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Durst Farm
FAMACHA is a diagnostic tool to help farmers identify parasite infection in small ruminants, such as sheep and goats. The tool is a chart that matches eyelid color to anemia levels, an indicator of parasite infection and the presence of stomach worms. This type of diagnosis allows farmers to target...

Toxic Plant Seminar

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Harford County Extension Office
Do you know what plants in your pasture pose a threat to your livestock? What steps are you taking to reduce your animals’ risk of eating something toxic? Dr. Anna Snarski and Extension Educator Sara BhaduriHauck will discuss the principles of plant toxicity, identification of toxic plants, and...
At the edge of a field at the Western Maryland Research and Education Center (WMREC) in Keedysville sits a penned-in area known as the “Goat Hilton.” Fifteen goats spend most of their time in the...

Abomasal Bloat

Abomasal bloat (tympany) is a common health problem affecting artificially-reared lambs and kids, especially hand-fed ones. Some farms have experienced death losses as high as 25 to 30 percent [3]. On other farms, it is a sporadic disease. While the mechanism... more>>

Ration Balancing Software for Sheep & Goats

Feed is the single largest cost associated with raising small ruminants. Sheep and goat producers should balance (or evaluate) feed rations to make sure they are meeting the nutritional requirements of their animals. Ration balancing can ensure optimal animal performance, prevent nutritional...

Diatomaceous Earth (DE)

Is it an effective natural anthelmintic for sheep and goats? A review of the scientific literature Diatomaceous earth (DE) , the skeletal remains of single-cell algae, is often touted as an effective and alternative anthelmintic for sheep, goats, and other livestock. DE is said to kill worms by...

Comparing Feed Costs

It is getting increasingly expensive to feed sheep, goats, and other livestock. Even if you grow your own feed, there can be significant costs, including opportunity costs (selling the feed vs. feeding it). All producers should know how to compare feed costs and balance least-cost rations for their...

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