parasites in goats and sheep

Fort Valley State University animal science department will receive nearly $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund continued research into the control of parasitic worms in goats and sheep that infest the stomachs and intestines. The primary focus of the research is the non-chemical methods of parasite control. Fort Valley State has been leading research for over 8 years and other institutions the Southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean are involved, and these include University of Georgia, Virginia Tech, Louisiana State University and the University of Puerto Rico.


Fort Valley State has focused on goats.
The research has increased importance as agricultural pharmaceutical companies have not developed new products as the potential market in the USA is not large enough or potentially profitable. For example there are 95 million cattle, and only 3 million goats and 8 million sheep in the USA. As a note this is significantly different in countries like Australia and New Zealand where there are new drugs. The issue everywhere is of resistance to parasitic drenches.

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