University of Maryland Extension

FAMACHA Workshop & Certification

Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Durst Farm
215 Tice Road
Grantsville, MD 21536
United States
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Susan Schoenian. UME Sheep & Goat Specialist
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 treatment only to infected animals. Using the FAMACHA system helps farmers save money and significantly reduce the likelihood of causing parasites to become resistant to dewormers.

The first two hours of this four hour class will consist of FAMACHA classroom instruction. The last two hours will be spent on practical experience diagnosing sheep and goats and examining fecal samples. So, please bring fecal samples from your own sheep and goats.

Cost: $40 per farm family. Each family will receive one FAMACHA card and training booklet. Extra FAMACHA cards cost $12 each. Those aged 16 and up will receive FAMACHA certification at completion of training.
Call the University of Maryland Extension Office at 301-724-3320 to register or for more information.  Checks should be made payable to Allegany County EAC and mailed to University of Maryland Extension, One Commerce Drive, Cumberland, MD 21502.
If you require special assistance to participate in this program, please let us know at the time of registration
The University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources programs are open to all and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.
$40.00 per farm family
Sherry Frick, Agnr Educator
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