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Jason Detzel
Livestock Educator
Cornell Cooperative Extension


Various climatic and biological factors are promoting the spread of deadly parasites throughout domestic small ruminant populations. Long a problem in southern states, where warm winters allow parasite populations to flourish and there is a history of goat production, we are seeing more issues with parasites in the Northeast due to an increase in small ruminant production and warming winters. One of the most effective approaches to combatting parasites is a combination of progressive strategies driven by producer education.

This project worked to educate New York State producers in the best management practices to prevent and treat their animals for deadly parasites, slow the incidence of parasite resistance within domestic flocks, and provide producers with access to the supplies to complete the analyses in the future.

This intervention used a “train the trainer” system where the project lead (Detzel) provided training sessions to 7 separate Cornell Cooperative Extension Agricultural Educators.  Each County Educator was also provided with the necessary lab supplies and resources to host an ongoing small ruminant parasite control lab during the growing season in their County.  Once the training was complete, the educators agreed to host a copy of the training where they would teach local producers the protocol.  In addition to the local course, the educators agreed to open their lab at least one day per month for producers who had completed the initial training. 

The pandemic caused delays in the implementation of the project.  As of Spring 2021, all of the train the trainer courses have been completed, and each County has hosted its initial producer parasite workshops.  A total of 47 farms attended the courses in the fall and some of the Counties were able to open their onsite labs to local producers.  As the current restrictions fade, we hope that all of the participating Counties can offer the two-hour course a second time in the spring of 2021 and be permitted to open their labs to enable producers to access and treat any parasite issues.

Poster has NOT been presented at any previous NACAA AM/PIC

This poster is being submitted for judging. It will be displayed at the AM/PIC if not selected as a State winner. The abstract will be published in the proceedings.

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Authors: J. Detzel
  1. Detzel, J. Livestock Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension, New York, 12401