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April 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator Wayne County

OSU Extension, Wayne County and the Ohio Heartland Sheep Improvement Association (OHSIA) are sponsoring a FAMACHA Workshop/Training on Saturday June 1.  The workshop and training will be held at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) Sheep Unit at 5743 Fredericksburg Road (County Road 501), 4.5 miles southeast of Wooster.  

FAMACHA is a scorecard system developed in South Africa.  It is used as part of an internal parasite control strategy that focuses on selective chemical deworming of sheep and goats. It involves comparing animal eyelid color with a color chart.  Eye lid color is correlated with levels of anemia caused by infection of Haemonchus contortus, the barber pole worm.

The workshop will run from 9 am until 2:30 pm and will include a classroom session on the biology and lifecycle of the Haemonchus contortus, mechanisms of chemical resistance, control strategies, and use of FAMACHA.   After lunch there will be a period of hands-on instruction using sheep to teach participants how to properly eyelid score and use the FAMACHA system.  Dr. Bill Shulaw, OSU Extension Veterinarian will teach the morning classroom session as well as facilitate the afternoon hands-on teaching session.  Additional resource people from the OHSIA group who have been trained in the FAMACHA system will be on hand to help with the afternoon session.

The cost of the workshop/training is $30/person or $40 for 2 people from the same farm business sharing a FAMACHA card.  The cost includes a FAMACHA card, handout materials, lunch, and morning refreshments.  Class size is limited to 40 persons and pre-registration is required by May 22. Contact the Wayne County Extension office at 330-264-8722 for registration information or visit the Wayne County Extension web site at wayne.osu.edu/anr for a registration form.

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