American Institute for Goat Research (AIGR), Langston University, held the Annual Goat and Hair Sheep Field Day in May. The AIGR hoped that Field Day would resume as usual in 2021. however, due to lingering and even spiking COVID 19 infections in Oklahoma and because of the slow pace of vaccinations in early 2021, the 2021 Goat and Hair Sheep Field Day was not held in person but held virtually via Zoom. The theme was “Goat and Lamb Cookery & More” and took place in smaller 2-to-4-hour segments spread over several weeks. Among the sessions, the two most popular workshops entitled “Internal Parasites and FAMACHA training in Small Ruminants” and “Goat Nutrition and LINC” were recorded and uploaded to the Langston University Ag YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/taglu01.
Among those who attended the parasite workshop, more than 20 people worldwide received a FAMACHA certificate and a FAMACHA card. If you are interested in being certified, you can still do it by fulfilling the following requirements.
Among the workshop videos, the “Primer on Parasites” has been highlighted in Sheep & Goat magazine’s (www.ranchmagazine.com) in June 2021 issue (Volume 29, No.5).
We just got word of a great workshop coming up in just a few days. We hope some of you will be able to attend.
Objective: Discuss genetic selection strategies to identify parasite resistant individuals applicable for the conditions of the sheep and goat flocks of México and Latin America.
“Bridges between scientific advances and farm development”
by Hervé Hoste
This conference took place in Toulouse, France from March 24th to March 28th, 2013, and joined with a session of the COST Action FA0805 CAPARA on “Goat-Parasite Interactions: From Knowledge to Control”
Aims and Scope
Since the first meeting in Armidale (Australia) in 1995, the International Conferences on the Novel Approaches (NA) to the Control of Helminth in Livestock aimed at stimulating links between scientists and specialists of extension services from developed, emerging and developing countries on the specific topic of the control of helminthes in livestock. The main objectives of the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action CAPARA (Goat-parasite interactions: from knowledge to control) FA0805 are similar to those of the Novel Approaches meeting. However, as indicated by its title “Goat-Parasite Interactions: From Knowledge To Control” this COST Action is specifically dedicated to caprine production.
Both the Novel Approaches Conferences and the CAPARA Cost Action FA0805 are frameworks where the importance to maintain or expand links between scientific advances and extension services and end-users is underlined. Last but not least, this conference was also supported by the International Goat Association.
The International Goat Association promotes goat research and development for the benefit of humankind, to alleviate poverty, to promote prosperity and to improve the quality of life.