Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants IPM/FAMACHA© Workshop

  • Saturday, June 15, 2019, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Internal parasites are one of the biggest health problems affecting small ruminants in the Northeast. Dewormer resistance is becoming commonplace. As a result, producers need to know how best to manage parasites. In this workshop, producers will learn the basics of parasite control as well as how to develop integrated parasite management programs for their farms.

Instruction led by Dr. tatiana Stanton, Small Ruminant Extension Specialist, Cornell University. and Janice Liotta (Manager Dwight Bowman Parasitology Lab, Cornell University Organized by Lynn Bliven, Ag & Natural Resources Issue Leader.

We will also provide hands-on training on how to use the FAMACHA© Anemia Card (good only for the barber pole worm) as part of a 5-point check to determine which animals in your herd or flock most likely need deworming. This workshop will also include hands-on training on doing fecal egg counts. You are welcome to bring a refrigerated fecal sample of 8 to 10 fecal pellets from one sheep, goat, alpaca or llama at your farm to the workshop.

9:30 am – Registration and filling out of pre-quizzes (fun!) followed by introductions. (Describe your farm and any parasite problems experienced). 10:15 am - Current situation/Knowing the problem 11:15 am - Know your tools - Management practices, evasive grazing, selective deworming, etc. 12:30 pm - Lunch (included in fee, please share any dietary restriction when registering) 1:00 pm - What’s new in parasite management? 2:00 pm - Hands-on FAMACHA© scoring, 5 point checks (health exam) and fecal egg counting 3:00 pm –Small group discussion on future programs, post-workshop quiz. 3:30 pm – FAMACHA Certificates Awarded

Cost: $25 family/farm (includes one FAMACHA© card, workshop, handouts and lunch) plus $ 7/additional individual (workshop and lunch) from same farm/family. Additional FAMACHA© card will be available at $13/card. This training is supported in part by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Organic Transitions Program under Agreement No. 2018-51106-28777.

Contact: Lynn Bliven 585-268-7644 ext. 18 or email Participants may pay at the door however pre-registration required by June 13, 2019 so we can ensure enough food and handouts.

In the interest of biosecurity, please wear clean clothes and shoes to the workshop and plan to change them prior to doing your own farm chores.


Lynn Bliven
Ag & Natural Resources Issue Leader
585-268-7644 ext 18


5435A County Road 48
Belmont, NY 14813

Last updated June 11, 2019