Wednesday, June 7, 2017

FAMACHA© & Precision Farming

There will be an Integrated Parasite Management (IPM; FAMACHA©) workshop on Saturday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Vista View Farm, 28301 Clarksburg Road, Damascus, Maryland.

The workshop will also include a demonstration of precision farming techniques, including use of electronic ID and automatic scales. Along with the University of Maryland, Northeast SARE is a co-sponsor of the workshop. Vista View Farm received a SARE grant to use realtime generated gain-of-gain to determine anthelmintic need in lambs.

Workshop participants (over the age of 16) will become certified in the use of the FAMACHA© eye anemia system. The FAMACHA© system, along with the Five Point Check© is used to determine the need for deworming small ruminants. Only animals with clinical signs of parasites should be dewormed.

The workshop will consist of two hours of lecture/discussion and two hours of hands-on activity (FAMACHA© + fecal egg counting).  Participants will receive a FAMACHA© card and resource booklet. Additional cards may be purchased for $10.

Pre-registration is required by Monday, July 17. The registration fee is $35 per person, family, or farm. Register at The registration fee can be paid online with a credit card or a check (payable to University of Maryland) can be sent to the Western Maryland Research & Education Center, c/o FAMACHA workshop, 18330 Keedysville Road, Keedysville, MD  21756.

For information about the workshop, contact Susan Schoenian at (301) 432-2767 x343 or

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