From the Field: Learn something new in two shakes of a lamb’s tail
Many people dream of having a hobby farm or homestead with a few animals, and goats, lambs and sheep are some of the most popular to start with because they are smaller and easier to handle than cattle. Plus, you need less space! But all animals need proper care, no matter their size.
MSU Extension is here to help new and experienced farmers learn how to take care of their animals. In fact, recently some Extension agents trained farmers how to spot a killer. Many people might not know it, but barber pole worm is the No. 1 cause of death in goats and lambs.
Use of the FAMACHA method to identify parasite infestation can be useful in identifying those animals that may need deworming. (FAMACHA is just a fancy acronym for the Faffa Malan Chart.)
The new site of the Lowndes County Extension Office was the perfect space for a training about FAMACHA, strategic parasite control, pasture management and herd management.
Interested in these topics? Visit Extension’s goat and sheep webpage!
You can always contact your local Extension agents, too! Find yours!
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