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Training assists goat, sheep producers
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Goat and sheep producers in Mississippi are invited to attend a Small Ruminant Management and FAMACHA Training workshop later this month.
FAMACHA is an acronym for the Faffa Malan Chart, a system goat and sheep producers use to treat stock against barber pole worm. The workshop, hosted by the Mississippi State University Extension Service, begins at 6 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Lowndes County Extension office on 485 Tom Rose Road in Columbus.
Along with introducing the FAMACHA method, MSU Extension agents will discuss strategic parasite control, pasture management and herd management.
“We are delivering this training based on requests we get from goat and sheep farmers at our Producer Advisory Council meetings across the state held each February,” said Lowndes County Extension agent Reid Nevins. “The barber pole worm is the No. 1 cause of death in small ruminants, and the FAMACHA method has been proven to maintain a resistance against the parasite while determining when a sheep or goat should be treated.”
The RSVP deadline to register for the workshop is Aug. 11. A meal is included with the $15 enrollment fee. Call Nevins at 662-328-2111 to register.