FAMACHA certification

Date(s) - Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018
6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Frank W. Bratt Agricultural Center


“FAMACHA certification: let us help you with small ruminant parasite control” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30 at the Frank Bratt Agricultural Center, 3542 Turner Rd., Jamestown.

The classroom portion of the certification will be Jan. 30, while the practice/video recording portion of the certification will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Frank Bratt center.

It is presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Agriculture Program as part of their 2017-2018 L.E.A.F. (Learn. Empower. Achieve. Farm.) Workshop Series.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County is excited to announce a unique collaboration with the University of Rhode Island to offer farmers, 4-H’ers, homesteaders and other small ruminant producers an opportunity to participate in their online training program for FAMACHA Certification within a group workshop format facilitated by CCE-Chautauqua. The FAMACHA system is a unique and easily accessible system for small ruminant producers to make deworming decisions based on an estimate of the level of anemia in sheep and goats associated with barber pole worm infection (Haemonchus contortus infection). The FAMACHA Card was developed in South Africa and was introduced to the U.S. by the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control.

Participants of this workshop will watch two pre-recorded videos that will cover topics on Integrated Parasite Control and the FAMACHA System including demonstration of the proper scoring technique. Participants will then go through an individual post-video assessment and discuss the information presented immediately after collecting individual responses. Finally, there will be the opportunity to practice the FAMACHA scoring technique and record a video demonstrating the participant’s mastery of the technique. CCE-Chautauqua will provide assistance with the technology needed to watch the required videos, take and submit the post-video summary and record and submit your demonstration videos. Upon completion, the participant will receive a Certificate of Competence in the FAMACHA anemia scoring system that will enable the purchase of a FAMACHA card. The certificates can be expected within a couple of weeks after submitting your demonstration videos. The online training program offered in this L.E.A.F. workshop was developed by Dr. Katherine Petersson and Dr. Anne Zajac, DVM, members of the ACSRPC, as part of a Northeast SARE grant being administered by the University of Rhode Island.

More information about this online training program can be viewed on the URI website.

The cost for this workshop will be $15 per person or $30 per person with the purchase of a FAMACHA Card (to be mailed following successful program completion).

This workshop will be facilitated by Katelyn Walley-Stoll, farm business management educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County. She is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Animal Science and Ag Business Management, and owns and operates a diversified livestock farm. Assisting with the program will be Kate Ewer, “crazy goat lady,” whose love for goats began as a 4-H youth 16 years ago and is currently the 4-H Community Educator with CCE-Chautauqua.

Pre-registration is required prior to the workshop to allow for adequate time to prepare printed resources and materials.

Registration is available by emailing kaw249@cornell.edu or by calling 716-664-9502, ext. 202.