Texas Sheep and Goat Expo to offer internal parasite mitigation strategies

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SAN ANGELO – New developments in sheep and goat internal parasite mitigation should be a major draw at this year’s Texas Sheep and Goat Expo Aug. 17 and 18 in San Angelo, coordinators said.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service sponsored event headquarters in the First Community Spur Arena on the San Angelo Fairgrounds.

“Internal parasites are arguably one of the biggest problems in the sheep and goat industry today,” said Dr. Reid Redden, AgriLife Extension state sheep and goat specialist at San Angelo. “Anthelmintics, drugs administered orally, have long been the standard weapon against these pests, but over the years, a number of them have become all but useless for some operations. We’ve invited Dr. James Miller from Louisiana State University to speak about how to strategically drench your sheep and goats to preserve the integrity of drenches so they don’t stop working or at least they don’t stop working in the near future.”

Redden said other presentations will take entirely different looks into internal parasite management through the use of sheep and goat genetics and alternative materials.

“Dr. Joan Burk with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service in Arkansas, will be another one of our speakers,” he said. “She’s been conducting research on internal parasites for many years and is well versed on genetic selection of animals for parasite resistance. We’ve asked her to share her thoughts on which breeds are more parasite resistant and how to strategically select for those animals.

The Texas Sheep and Goat Expo is immediately preceded by the 45th Annual Sheep and Goat Field Day, which showcases work conducted at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center located north of San Angelo on U.S. Highway 87. The field day, which is free and open to the public, is set from 8 to 11:30 a.m.

At the field day’s conclusion, participants are encouraged to travel to the expo where lunch will be served.

Early registration for the expo continues until Aug. 14.

For more information on the 45th Annual Sheep and Goat Field Day, contact John Walker, Texas A&M AgriLife Research resident director at San Angelo at 325-653-4576, jwalker@ag.tamu.edu.

For more information on the Texas Sheep and Goat Expo, contact Robert Pritz, AgriLife Extension regional program leader at San Angelo at 325-653-4576, r-pritz@tamu.edu for specific questions. To register and view the entire agenda, go to https://agrilife.org/westresults/event/.

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