Learn to Manage Parasite Resistance on Your Farm

Equine

Did you know many horses on your farm may have good immunity to small strongly? Do you know how to determine which horses are high shedders? Do you know if you have resistance to any de-worming products you currently use? Join us for this workshop to learn how to manage parasite resistance on your farm.

  • When

  • Sat., June 24, 2017
    (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

  • Where

  • Samuel E.Hayes Jr. Livestock Evaluation Center
    1494 West Pine Grove Rd.
    Pennsylvania Furnace, PA 16865

Cases of resistant equine parasites are being reported worldwide. Most horse owners contribute to the development of resistant parasites by deworming horses every eight weeks and may be using products that are totally ineffective. Our goal is not to eliminate parasites but to utilize a comprehensive approach to reduce transmission, maintain parasites below harmful levels, and manage horses that maintain chronically high parasite levels. Utilizing a whole farm approach incorporates maintaining high quality pastures to reduce grazing near manure areas and adopting good manure handling practices. 

Participants of this workshop will learn to conduct fecal egg counts and learn how this will help determine the effectiveness of the products you are using. Join us for this exciting opportunity to help yourself, your farm, and your horse.

To Be Covered

  • Types of parasites
  • Parasite life cycles, biology and behavior
  • Resistance and the importance of establishing a refuge of non-resistant parasites
  • Classes of de-wormers
  • Danger of short interval deworming
  • Pasture management and rotation as a tool to reduce parasite burden
  • Conducting fecal egg count on your farm

Workshop Note

Bring along 1-2 fecal samples from horses on your farm to practice conducting fecal egg counts.

 

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