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UMaine Extension Offers Workshops for Sheep and Goat Producers

Monday, May 6th, 2013

two goats; photo by Edwin RemsbergUniversity 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).

FAMACHA & Microscope-Use Workshops 2012 for Sheep and Goat Producers

Friday, April 6th, 2012

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.

FAMACHA Enrollment Form: Word | PDF

Caseous Lymphadentis Webinar for Sheep and Goat Producers

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Extension expert and sheep producer; photo by Edwin RemsbergCaseous 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 7-8 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.

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

Intermediate and Advanced Sheep Shearing School

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

sheep; photo by Edwin RemsbergNEW GLOUCESTER, MAINE –University of Maine Cooperative Extension is partnering with the Maine Sheep Breeders Association to present an Intermediate / Advanced Sheep Shearing School on Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine. The educational training is designed to help experienced sheep shearers hone their skills, gain knowledge related to sheep and shearing, and will feature certified sheep shearer Jim Bristol of Michigan. The cost of the hands-on school is $45.00 per person and includes lunch and reference materials.

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Sheep and Goat Parasite Seminar

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Extension expert and sheep producer with sheep in barn; photo by Edwin RemsbergFAIRFIELD, MAINE — University of Maine Cooperative Extension is partnering with sheep and goat associations in the state to present the Sheep and Goat Internal Parasites Seminar on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Kennebec Community College in Fairfield, Maine.

This educational event will feature Maryland’s Small Ruminant Specialist Susan Schoenian and is designed to equip producers with skills and knowledge about the identification and management of internal parasites. “Parasites are the biggest health problem for sheep and goats in Maine,” says UMaine Extension Educator Richard Brzozowski. “Parasites of sheep and goats are costly and can easily put someone out of business. For an efficient and profitable sheep or goat enterprise, parasite control needs to be deliberate and persistent.”

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