Back to All Events

Integrated Parasite Management Workshop

VSU Cooperative Extension Small Ruminants Program | Integrated Parasite Management Workshop

Randolph Farm

4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA 23803

June 30

9:00 am - 3:00 pm


The workshop has reach capacity and registration is closed.

Download a PDF flier for the workshop

Despite opportunities for success in sheep and goat production, parasite control and anthelmintic resistance are major problems faced by producers. In order to help producers address the challenges of internal parasites on farm, the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC; was formed. The objective has been to develop research-based options to make up a toolbox of practices for controlling internal parasites on farms. 

This workshop on Integrated Parasite Management (IPM) emphasizes the use of multiple techniques such as pasture management and grazing strategies, feeding copper oxide wire particles and forages containing condensed tanins, use of an effective chemical dewormer, improved nutrition and breeding, diagnostic tools (FAMACHA© eyelid color scoring chart and system and fecal egg counts) for selective deworming and others, for the effective control of internal parasites. This is important to assist producers in prolonging the efficacy of chemical dewormers on their farms.


Training will be conducted by Dr. Dahlia O’Brien, Small Ruminant Specialist, Virginia State University

9:00 a.m.

Lecture on Small Ruminant Parasites, Dewormers, Dewormer Resistance Status, and Alternative Strategies for Parasite Control

11:00 a.m.

Hands-on how to use the FAMACHA© card

12:00 p.m.

Lunch (provided)

1:00 p.m.

Fecal egg counting lab

2:30 p.m.

Wrap up and adjourn

Additional family members may attend, but each family will receive one eye chart and folder. 

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Mollie Klein at (804) 524-5960/TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five (5) days prior to the event.

Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg. 

Founded in 1882, Virginia State University is one of Virginia’s two land-grant institutions and is located 20 minutes south of Richmond in the village of Ettrick. VSU’s College of Agriculture consists of three academic departments: Agriculture, Hospitality Management, and Family and Consumer Sciences. Integrated within the College are an Agricultural Research Station; Randolph Farm, a 417-acre research and educational facility; and Virginia Cooperative Extension. 

Earlier Event: June 23
Pastured Poultry Raising
Later Event: June 30
Elda Gardens Farm Tour