A Systems Approach to Control Gastrointestinal Nematodes (Gin) in Organic Small Ruminant Production
Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center
2013 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.
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 are available on the NCAT (www.ncat.org) and ACSRPC (www.acsrpc.org) websites for producers. An additional technical report on the control of coccidiosis in small ruminants is planned.