The latest entry of the Portland Press Herald blog, “The Root: Dispatches from Maine’s food sources” focused on a sheep drive on a farm in Newcastle, Maine. The article listed the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s website as a source to view the sheep-related educational opportunities it offers.
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University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering FAMACHA workshops this spring for sheep and goat producers interested in learning more about an internal parasite of small ruminants. The practical workshops will show producers how to determine the degree of infection from the barber pole worm (Haemonchus contorutus) by observing the blood color of the capillaries around the eyes of sheep or goats.
The workshops will be presented by two members of UMaine Extension’s sheep research team: Thomas Settlemire and Richard Brzozowski. Participants will receive an information packet and record sheets. The workshop fee is $20 per farm.
The two-hour workshops are offered three times:
- Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m.-noon, at Northeast Livestock Expo on the Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, Maine
- Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Maine Fiber Frolic on the Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, Maine
- Saturday, June 15, 2013, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., MOFGA Farm & Homestead Day, Unity, Maine
Settlemire and Brzozowski are experienced in sheep production and applied research in breeding natural resistance to the barber pole worm. When sheep and goat producers learn the FAMACHA technique and apply it to their livestock, they are apt to have a more productive herd. They also save on deworming because of this targeted approach and select those animals for breeding that are resistant.
For more information or to request disability accommodations, call 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine only).
A blade shearing school is planned for April 5 & 6 at Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road in New Gloucester, Maine. Participants will be shearing a flock of Romney sheep. The instructor for this hands-on school is renowned blade shearer, Kevin Ford of Massachusetts. The cost of the school is $85 per person and includes reference materials and lunch.
Also, two beginner level shearing schools planned for spring 2013: Saturday, April 20, 2012 in Freeport, Maine and Saturday, May 4, 2013 Littleton, Maine.
For more information about all three schools or to register, visit http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/agriculture/sheep-shearing-school/.
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 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 and Dr. Richard Brzozowski. Participants will receive an information packet, record sheets and a FAMACHA card. The fee to participate in a FAMACHA workshop is $20.00 per farm. The microscope-use workshop is free. One or more individuals from each farm are welcome to participate.
- May 19, 9:00 a.m., FAMACHA, Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, Maine
- May 19, 11:00 a.m., Microscope-use, Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, Maine
- June 2, 2:00 p.m., FAMACHA, Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, Maine
Download and send in enrollment form with check or call 1-800-287-1471 (in Maine) or 207-781-6099 to register for this workshop with a credit card or for more information.
Caseous Lymphadentis (CLA)
60-Minute Webinar for Sheep & Goat Producers
March 5, 2012
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
University of Maine Cooperative Extension will provide a free one-hour educational webinar March 5 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Caseous Lymphadenitis (CLA), a contagious disease affecting sheep and goats that is becoming more prevalent in Maine.
The webinar is designed for producers and will help them to identify, prevent, and treat the disease. Instructors for the webinar include UMaine Extension educator Richard Brzozowski and UMaine senior animal science student Nicole Maher. In addition, veterinarians Becky Law of Turner and UMaine Extension veterinarian Anne Lichtenwalner will be available to respond to questions.
Register for the webinar. Registration is required.
For more information, please call UMaine Extension at 207-781-6099. UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals. To provide adequate time to respond to your request please provide as much notice as possible.
The webinar will be recorded. To request a link to the recording, please e-mail Richard Brzozowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presenters: Susan Schoenian, University of Maryland and Richard Brzozowski, University of Maine
Two one-hour webinars (parts 1 and 2) will teach beginner and experienced sheep and goat producers the cause of footrot in sheep and goats, the conditions that promote the disease, how to prevent foot diseases with effective biosecurity, how to treat footrot, how to effectively trim hooves, and the specific protocol to eliminate the disease from farms. The webinars will also explain genetic markers that could identify sheep that are naturally resistant to the disease.
Registration required. Both webinars are free.
- Register now for Small Ruminant Foot Health Webinar – Part 1
- Register now for Small Ruminant Foot Health Webinar – Part 2
The webinars are a part of the Sheep Foot Health Research & Education Project funded by Northeast SARE.