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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: A Systems Approach to Control Gastrointestinal Nematodes (Gin) in Organic Small Ruminant Production

Location: Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center

2012 Annual Report

1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
The objectives are to examine farm management systems for year round gastrointestinal nematode control, identify resistant animals to minimize problems with nematode infection, conduct on-farm studies on the feasibility of techniques developed from research studies, and educate outreach professionals and producers on adopting available organic gastrointestinal nematode control strategies in small ruminants by disseminating state-of-the-art knowledge and procedures.

1b.Approach (from AD-416):
The impact of continuous use of integrated methods that have been developed by these investigators previously will be examined using a systems approach on farm by producers who will submit information on the success of approaches employed. Development of decision tools for producers will occur and teaching modules for farmers, educators and students will be developed and implemented.

3.Progress Report:

Technology transfer of organic methods of parasite control developed from research studies for farmers occurred in the form of two technical reports: Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Animal Selection; Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Pasture Management. These publications will be available on the NCAT ( and ACSRPC ( websites to producers.

Last Modified: 5/22/2015
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