Purdue Extension sheep and goat conference includes FAMACHA training

April 15, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Extension's Southern Regional Sheep and Goat Conference in Scottsburg will include training on how to use a FAMACHA parasite diagnostic test, as well as sessions on animal health, nutrition and marketing.

The two-day conference will be at two sites: 5-8 p.m., May 15, at the Scottsburg High School commons, 375 E. McClain Ave, and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 16 at the Scott County Fairgrounds, 770 Fairgrounds Road.

The first day of the conference will consist of training on FAMACHA. An acronym for Faffa Malan Chart, it is a reference card that displays a scale of colors representing the color of a sheep or goat's eyelid in various stages of anemia brought on by a barber pole worm infection. By comparing the color of an animal's eyelid to the chart, a producer can determine if the animal needs to be dewormed. Those who complete the training will be FAMACHA-certified and receive a copy of the card.  

The second day will cover a variety of topics, including hoof trimming, common diseases, vaccinations, rotational grazing, pasture management, forage analysis and goat and sheep nutritional requirements.

Speakers are Keith Johnson, an Extension forage specialist; Robert Kelly, Elkhart County Extension educator; Mark Kepler, Fulton County Extension director; Kelly Pearson, Warren County Extension educator; Josey Huffmeyer, Jennings County Extension educator; Sara Dzimianski, Perry County Extension educator; Megan Voyles, Scott County Extension director; Rachel Brewer of Brewer Livestock; and the Jonas family of Goat Milk Stuff, manufacturers of goat milk soap.

Dinner and lunch will be provided. For more information or to register, visit the Scott County Extension website.

The registration form and fees are due by May 8 to the Scott County Extension Office, 1 E. McClain Ave., Suite G 30, Scottsburg, IN, 47170. Checks must be payable to the Scott CES Fund. Admission to both days of the conference is $35. Participants can choose to attend the first day only for $20 or the second day only for $15. 

Writer: Emma Hopkins, 765-494-8402, hopkine@purdue.edu 

Source: Megan Voyles, 812-752-8450, mvoyles@purdue.edu

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