Event Focuses on Healthier Sheep & Goats

A group of sheep at the Dickinson College Farm.NEWS RELEASE

Contact name: Rebecca Robertson

Phone number: 814-349-9856

E-mail address:  rebecca at pasafarming.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2013

Field Day for Small Ruminant Producers Offered in Boiling Springs

Event Focuses on Healthier Sheep & Goats with Parasite Management Training & FAMACHA Certification

MILLHEIM, PA. [April 29, 2013] The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) is teaming up with Dickinson College Farm in Carlisle, PA to offer a Field Day for small ruminant farmers. This educational workshop “Hands-on Small Ruminant Health: FAMACHA & Parasite Management” will be held at the Dickinson College Farm on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 10am – 4pm in Boiling Springs (near Carlisle).

Parasite control and management can be a major challenge for sheep and goat producers. Integrated pest management (IPM) approaches are most successful by coupling nutrition, pasture and grazing management with selection for parasite resilient genetics. Along with regular animal assessments including FAMACHA testing (a non-invasive method of assessing potential parasite loads), producers can better manage their animals for overall health.

This Field Day will combine classroom time with hands on activities. Participants will gain skills in body condition assessment, certification in the FAMACHA method and experience in microscopic analysis of manure samples for parasite eggs. Discussions will cover the life cycles of worms, action thresholds, treatment options, and long-term management strategies. Farmers are encouraged to bring samples of sheep or goat manure for analysis.

Dr. Susan Beal is the Agricultural Science Advisor for PASA. Dr. Beal brings over 25 years experience in holistic veterinary practice, ranging from mixed practice through emergency medicine, equine and companion animal practices. Before joining the team at PASA, Dr. Beal was employed by Big Run Healing Arts, a veterinary practice dedicated to providing holistic care for animals and the environment.

This event is open to the public and includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. For more info about these events and others, call 814.349.9856 or visit www.pasafarming.org/farmbasededucation.

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About PASA

With 6,000 members, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) is one of the largest and most active sustainable agriculture organizations in the U.S. Through business support and regional marketing assistance for farmers, advocacy, and public education, PASA seeks to promote profitable farms that produce healthy food for all people while respecting the natural environment. PASA’s hallmark event, the Farming for the Future conference, draws thousands of participants from more than 30 states and six countries each February. For more information, visit www.pasafarming.org.

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