Wednesday, May 2, 2012

FAMACHA training confirmed!

If you have sheep or goats, you need to attend FAMACHA training at the conference. I'm so excited to confirm that we'll have this session because I know what a positive difference it has made in the long term health and sustainability of my sheep and goats. Homesteaders don't want to use drugs unless we absolutely have to, but at the same time, we don't want to see our animals die either. And who wants to be running to the vet for a fecal every couple of weeks?

Here's the description of what you'll learn and why it's so important:
The barberpole worm is the number one killer of sheep and goats. Unfortunately, past recommendations of deworming protocols have led to worms that are resistant to available dewormers. The FAMACHA© system provides a tool to identify anemic animals (assumed to be caused by the barberpole worm), so only affected animals are treated. This will reduce the number of dewormer treatments given and slow the development of resistance in the parasite. During this class, you will learn about the barberpole worm biology and the development of drug resistance, Smart Drenching and use of the FAMACHA card. Lecture is 1.5 hours followed by hands-on training with your card. Cost for the class is $25 per card - you are welcome to share a card between a family or a farm to save money.

I attended this training several years ago and have been singing its praises ever since. Hope you'll be able to make it!


  1. Hi. Do you know if there is anyone in NE Ohio doing this FAMANCHA training? Thanks.

  2. Sorry, I don't. I'd suggest setting a Google Alerts for "FAMACHA."