Fecal Egg Count Workshop focuses on worm control in goats
Worms are the primary internal parasite of small ruminants and remain one of the biggest problems of meat and dairy goats according to Jodie Pennington, small ruminant educator with Lincoln University Extension.
"They can also be a problem in sheep but not to the same extent as goats," said Pennington. "In order to control worms, you must set up a deworming and sanitation program and stick to it."
University of Missouri Extension and Lincoln University are hosting a "Fecal Egg Count Workshop from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm, March 25 in HS2 (basement) of Smith Hall (Newton County Extension Center) on the campus of Crowder College, Neosho, Mo., at the corner of Hwy D and Doniphan Ave.
Worms not only kill both young and old goats, they contribute to poor growth rates, an unthrifty appearance, coughing, diarrhea, and, in severe cases, bottle jaw.
To minimize contamination of uninfected goats, Pennington says it is essential to maintain a dry, clean environment with a sound manure management plan.
"Depending on location and density of animals in the field, deworming may have to be repeated at different times during the year. But doing so is essential because a lack of control of worms can destroy a herd," said Pennington.
Registration for the workshop is free if participants are also registered for the Southwest Missouri Sheep and Goat Conference on March 26.
If not, pre-register for $10 by March 22 by contacting the Newton County Extension Center at 417-455-9500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.