Managing Your Flock, Part 1: Diagnosing and Treating Sick Sheep

In this video, NCAT Livestock Specialist Linda Coffey joins Dr. Joan Burke, ARS/USDA researcher at the Dale Bumpers Small Farms Center in Booneville, AR, to tour a farm and assess a flock of sheep. Using the FAMACHA© and Five Point Check© systems to detect the presence of internal parasites, they determine which sheep need deworming treatment.

They identify two sheep that need immediate help due to severe infection. They describe the treatment and supportive care necessary to save the two animals. Linda and Dr. Burke continue the farm tour, discussing ways to encourage the health of a flock.

Don’t miss Managing Your Flock, Part 2: Preventing Internal Parasites.

These videos were produced with support from Organic Research and Extension Initiative Grant number: 2016-51300-25723.

Additional Resources:

FAMACHA in a Nutshell

Managing Internal Parasites in Sheep and Goats

ATTRA resources for Animal Health and Nutrition

American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control

Best Management Practices Tipsheets

Dewormer information, including charts

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