- Establish a small ruminant Extension-Research working group, which will establish a database and website of previous, on-going, and potential research projects, revitalize the eXtension Goat Community of Practice (https://goats.extension.org/), and provide leadership to the National Goat Conference, to encourage collaborative research and extension activities
- Provide workshop opportunities with Continuing Education Credits for small ruminant practitioners and beef cattle producers, system-wide
Leadership Team Members
Team Leader: Terry Gibson, Langston University
Prairie View A&M University
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
June – September 2020
Activities and Results
2021 Southern Section Meeting
Researchers involved in small ruminant production at the 1890 Universities are encouraged to attend the 2021 Southern Section Meeting of the American Society of Animal Science meeting in Raleigh, NC on January 23 to 26, 2021. The 13 member of the eXtension Goat Industry Community of Practice (CoP) have been contacted to ascertain their desire to remain on the Leadership team and to actively participate in the CoP. The eXtension Foundation has been contacted as to the best method to reactivate the CoP.
Parasite Workshop & FAMACHA Training
A virtual Parasite workshop and FAMACHA training was conducted via Zoom. The training agenda included:
i. Primer on Parasites,
ii. Questions and break,
iii. Dewormer and Dewormer Resistance
iv.FAMACHA training (video) v. FAMACHA practice and fecal sample
v. Quiz (FAMACHA card and certificate)
vi. Doing your own fecal egg count
vii. Complete the FAMACHA training quiz.
viii. Participants had one week after the workshop to complete the quiz and submit video for certification.
Thirteen Leadership members contacted, one eXtension staff member contacted, Leadership planning meeting organized for the 2021 Southern Section Meeting of the American Society of Animal Science meeting in Raleigh, NC on January 23 to 26, 2021. Twenty-four participants registered for the virtual Parasite workshop and FAMACHA training.
eXtension Goat Industry Community of Practice
The revitalization of the eXtension Goat Industry Community of Practice (CoP) has potential beneficial ramification nationwide. Millions of U.S. citizens are familiar with the Cooperative Extension Service and over the years have become familiar with eXtension (https://impact.extension.org/). The renovation of the Goat Industry Community of Practice website (https://goats.extension.org/) will provide millions of citizens access to a ono-stop shop and will not need to search numerous websites of the collaborating institutions.
Internal Parasite Control Meeting
Thirteen goat producers were educated on internal parasite control via a Zoom meeting. Eleven of those 13 participants took a post-training quiz and 100% passed the quiz. Thus, an exceptional rate of knowledge transfer. Three of the 11 quiz-passers demonstrated the skill to conduct the COVER, PUSH, PULL, POP technique required to successfully implement FAMACHA practices in their management.