Sustainable Control of GI Nematodes in Small Ruminants

FAMACHA is a diagnostic tool to help farmers identify parasite infection in small ruminants, such as sheep and goats. The tool is a chart that matches eyelid color to anemia levels, an indicator of parasite infection. This type of diagnosis allows farmers to target treatment only to infected animals, which in some systems has reduced use of deworming agents by 90 percent. Not only do farmers save money, they significantly reduce the likelihood of causing parasites to become resistant to dewormers. FAMACHA was developed in South Africa and is distributed in the United States through the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Pest Control.

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How to order

Please note that non-veterinarians can only purchase FAMACHA charts if they have received prior training. FAMACHA cannot be sold directly to non-veterinarians unless they have proof they have received proper instruction in the FAMACHA method. For more ordering information please send an email to famacha@uga.edu or call (706) 542-0742.

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.


More Small Ruminant Resources

You may be interested in these stories and resources on small ruminants, created for Southern producers but also applicable in other parts of the country:

Sustainable Control of Internal Parasites in Small Ruminant Production (fact sheet)

FAMACHA: Sustainable Control of GI Nematodes in Small Ruminants (grantee-produced tool)

A Toolbox of Innovations to Control Small Ruminant Parasites (From the Field profile)

Multi-State Resource Tool Addresses Small Ruminant Production Needs (From the Field profile)