Internal Parasites in Sheep & Goats

  • Saturday, March 30, 2019, 9:45 AM - 4:00 PM


Trainers: Dr. tatiana Stanton and Jan Liotta, Cornell University
Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County

Location: Flint and Steel Farm
250 Bassett Road
Naples, NY 14512

Internal parasites are one of the biggest health problems affecting goats and sheep 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. 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 or goat at your farm to the workshop.

FEE: $7 per individual plus $13 per farm for a FAMACHA© card (if you already have a FAMACHA card in good shape and are using this as a refresher, you may bring your card). Please pre-register by March 28th so we can ensure enough supplies. For more information or to register, please call: 315-536-5123, e-mail Caroline Boutard-Hunt at, or visit

Tentative Schedule:

9:45 am – Registration and filling out of pre-quizzes (fun!)

10:00 am - Introductions (describe your farm and any parasite problems experienced)

10:15 am - Current situation/Knowing the problem

11:30 am - Know your tools Management practices, evasive grazing, selective deworming, etc.

12:45 pm – Lunch

1:15 pm - What’s new in parasite management?

2:15 pm - Hands-on FAMACHA© scoring, 5 point checks and fecal egg counting.

3:30 pm – Break into small groups to discuss future parasite programs, turn in post-quizzes and get FAMACHA certificates signed

4:00 pm – Adjourn
Please dress for weather as we will be outside for a portion of the workshop. Plan on packing your own lunch and drinks to bring. Coffee/Hot water will be provided.

*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


Caroline Boutard-Hunt