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Meet Dr. Miller

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

An evening with a Small Ruminant Parasitologist, Dr. James Miller

Monday, June 16, 2014

Dr. James E. Miller is a faculty member in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University. He is scheduled to vacation in southern, Maine in June.  The Maine Sheep Breeders Association the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and the Turner Veterinary Service have arranged for sheep producers, goat producers and other interested parties to meet with Dr. Miller and learn from him.

Monday, June 16, 2014

5:00 to 6:30 pm – Evening meal (on-your-own) meet at Cole Farms Restaurant located at 64 Lewiston Road (Routes100/202/4) in Gray, Maine.  Please arrive by 5:15 pm to order off the menu.  RSVP 207-781-6099 or email lynne.b.hazelton@maine.edu with contact phone number, email, number of attendants, and subject line MILLER.

7:00 to 8:30 pm – The educational component of the evening is scheduled for the Maine Forest Service Building on Route 26 (356 Shaker Road) in Gray. Free and open to the public.

Both of these sites are easy accessed from the Maine Turnpike – 10 minutes from Exit 63

Topics to be presented:

  • Update and new concepts in regards to small ruminant parasite management-       -Including organic and natural methods
  • Using anthelmintics effectively
  • Q&A and discussion – Bring your questions

Short Biography

Dr. James E. Miller is a faculty member in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University where he has been for 30 years. He graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, CA in 1978 and obtained a PhD degree from the same institution in 1984. He also completed a Food Animal Residency in 1981. He is author and/or coauthor of numerous refereed journal articles, technical/report papers, proceedings papers, abstracts and book chapters. He is a research collaborator on many projects with national and international organizations.

He is a co-founder of the American Southern Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control. The Consortium’s primary purpose is to evaluate and promote integrated control of nematode infection with a concentration on alternative non-chemical methods. Dr. Miller is the principal investigator for several competitive and industry supported grants studying the epidemiology, control, and genetics of ruminant nematode parasitism. His area of special expertise is small ruminant gastrointestinal nematode parasitism, which is one of the most serious constraints affecting production world-wide. Economic losses are caused by decreased production, costs of prophylaxis, costs of treatment, and the death of infected animals. Anthelmintic resistance in nematode populations (specifically affecting small ruminants) threatens the success of treatment programs.

Dr. Miller’s current research is two-fold: 1) To evaluate alternative (non-chemical) approaches for protection against nematode infection, and 2) To determine why, and/or how resistant animals differ from more susceptible animals to gastrointestinal nematode infection.

 

FAMACHA Workshop

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

FAMACHA workshops are designed to equip sheep and goat producers with the skills and knowledge to determine the degree of infection of Haemonchus contorutus (barber pole worm) in sheep and goats using the blood color of the capillaries around the eye. The barber pole worm is a blood sucking internal parasite that is a common cause of death and poor-doing in small ruminants. The workshops will be presented by Dr. Thomas Settlemire & Dr. Richard Brzozowski. Participants will receive an information packet, record sheets and a FAMACHA card.

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At North East Livestock Expo (NELE) on Saturday, May 17th 3:00 PM in Windsor, Maine.

Cost PER FARM: $20.00

 

To register: http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/famacha-workshops/

2013 FAMACHA Workshops for Sheep and Goat Producers

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

If you are a sheeSheep in barnp or goat producer and would like to gain the skills and knowledge to fight the barber pole worm (Haemonchus contorutus) in your sheep and goats, then the one day FAMACHA workshop is for you. You will learn how to use the blood color of the capillaries around the eye of the sheep or goat to determine the degree of infection. The barber pole worm is a blood sucking internal parasite that is a common cause of death and poor-doing in small ruminants.

The workshops will be presented by Dr. Thomas Settlemire & Dr. Richard Brzozowski. Participants will receive an information packet, record sheets and a FAMACHA card.

There will be three separate dates to choose from:

10 AM-12 PM, Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Northeast Livestock Expo (NELE) on the Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, Maine

OR

11 AM-1 PM, Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Maine Fiber Frolic on the Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, Maine

OR

11 AM-1 PM, Saturday, June 15, 2013, at MOFGA Farm & Homestead Day, Unity, Maine

Cost PER FARM: $20.00

For more information go to: http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/2013-famacha-workshops/