Using a Microscope for Fecals
This workshop will consist of a brief description of the benefits of being able to do your own fecal exams. There will be a demonstration of the procedure, with time for participants to look through the microscope at slides, showing what barber pole (Haemonchus contortus) eggs look like. A handout will give information on purchasing a microscope, slide kit, and directions on doing your own fecal exams at home.
Fiber Preparations and Fleece Skirting
Wondering what to do with that beautiful raw fleece you just sheared or purchased at a local fiber festival? The hands-on demonstration for “Fiber Preparations and Fleece Skirting” will cover skirting and scouring (washing) a raw fleece, followed by the different methods of preparing fleece both clean and in the grease for spinning or other uses.
Alternatives to Parasite Control
Parasites are a concern in sheep and goats for loss in production and economic value in flocks and herds. Resistance to chemical wormers and increase in awareness of organic farming means farmers must find alternative ways to prevent high levels of parasites. This workshop on “Alternatives to Parasite Control” gives information on managing grazing, breeding for resistance and the role health plays in susceptibility to parasites.