|Plant materials for control of gastrointestinal parasites in small ruminants|
Partnership: VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
AFSRC Contact: Dr. Kenneth E. Turner
Objective: The objective of this cooperative research project is to identify critical points for the gastrointestinal parasite, Haemonchus contortus, in meat goats.
Approach: Laboratory, pen, and pasture studies will be conducted with medicinal plants and specific isolated, plant chemical compounds that have anthelmintic properties for small ruminants. Specifically, Haemonchus control in pasture-based meat goat finishing systems will be measured by evaluating effects of chemical and physical characteristics of plants on H. contortus egg development and larval survival. Information obtained will enhance existing research-based management guidelines related to pasture, feed supplements, parasite control and meat quality for meat goat producers.