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Sheep and goat workshop set for Oct. 30 in Chicot County

A sheep and goat workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct 30 at the Chicot County Fairgrounds. Conducted by Dr. David Fernandez, Extension livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the workshop will cover FAMACHA scoring and fecal egg counts to estimate parasite loads in sheep and goats. Lunch will be provided to workshop attendees courtesy of Arkansas Farm Bureau.

It is important for producers to be aware of internal parasites such as the barberpole worm, one of the biggest threats to the sheep and goat industries today, Fernandez said. “A fecal egg count (FEC) is a simple procedure producers can perform at home to get an approximation of the parasite load that their sheep or goats are carrying,” he said. “They can use the FEC to find out if their dewormer is still effective or if the gastrointestinal parasites in their herd or flock have become resistant to it.”

Workshop participants will learn how to collect and process a fecal sample, count the number of parasite eggs in the sample, and how to use the information in combination with FAMACHA scores to make deworming decisions. Workshop completers will also become certified FAMACHA scorers.

Space is limited for the workshop so producers are asked to preregister by calling Pat Wilkins at 870-575-7212.