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Parasite management is the most difficult part of small ruminant production. There is no silver bullet, but there are several different tools you can use to minimize infestation. This course will give the basics of dewormer resistance, how to use genetic and nutritional tools to reduce the parasite loads in flocks/herds, demonstrate body condition scoring, reading FAMACHA scores, and tell how producers can receive FAMACHA Certification.


This is not a certification class. You will be instructed on how to receive certification within the course. 


As long as you are a KGPA/KSWPA member, you get lifetime access to this material so that we can update you on parasite information as it is developed.

This course is best for producers:

  • who need help in managing parasites

  • are interested in using nutrition and genetics as tools to reduce parasite infestations

  • are interested in knowing the difference between classes of wormers and how to use them

  • want to reduce dewormer resistance in their flocks/herds

  • need to learn or refresh how to perform body condition scoring

  • want to learn how to do fecal egg counts

  • want access to parasite management information as needed


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Andrew Weaver

Extension Specialist, Small Ruminants

North Carolina State University

  • B.S. in Animal Science in 2015, Michigan State University

  • M.S. in 2017 at Virginia Tech

  • PhD at West Virginia University

Currently Assistant Professor and Extension Small Ruminant Specialist


Staff Veterinarian

Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Office of State Veterinarian


MS, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, 1982-1989

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This Course Includes:


1) Introduction to Parasite Management- introduces parasite management by identifying the parasites of concern and explaining their life cycles.


2) Dewormer Resistance- explains why our dewormers are not as effective as they used to be in fighting parasitism.


3) Integrated Parasite Management- provides several methods of parasite management that can be integrated for an overall management plan.


4) Targeted Selective Treatment- explains how to use targeted selective treatment for parasite management.


5) Genetic Tools in Parasite Management- explains how to manage parasites through genetic selection.


6) Nutritional Tools for Parasite Management- explains how nutrition can be used as a parasite management tool.


7) Supplement: Host Interactions- explains how a sheep/goat's immune system interacts during a parasite infection.

8) Demonstration on how to perform fecal egg counts

9) Demonstration on how to perform body condition scoring

10) Information on how to receive FAMACHA Certification


11) Fact Sheets

a. How to Identify Internal Parasites

b. Managing Internal Parasites in Summertime

c. Fecal Egg Counts

d. 2021 Sheep Dewormer Dosage Chart

e. 2021 Goat Dewormer Dosage Chart

Thank You to Our Partners

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