Gastro-intestinal parasites (worms) are the primary health problem affecting sheep and goats in warm, moist climates like Maryland. Because of widespread drug resistance, regular deworming is no longer advocated. It is also not recommended that all animals in a herd be dewormed.
FAMACHA© is a new system for identifying the need to deworm individual animals. The FAMACHA© system utilizes a color eye chart, showing varying degrees of anemia. Anemia is the primary symptom of barber pole worm infection. The barber pole worm is the primary parasite affecting sheep and lambs in warm, moist climates.
To receive a FAMACHA© card, producers must take a training.
2006 Integrated Parasite Management (IPM) Workshops
Southern Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control