January 2015 Issue - page 9

January 2015
Page 9
One-day short courses on
equine gastrointestinal parasites
and their increasing resistance to
available dewormers are planned
for four locations across Penn-
sylvania. The focus will be a
whole-farm approach which will
cut down on deworming, save
money on products that have be-
come ineffective, identify which
horses have natural resistance and
which are “shedders”, and reduce
parasite resistance.
The whole farm approach re-
places past deworming plans such
as routinely deworming with the
same products, or simply rotating
Agrant from the Northeast
SustainableAgriculture and Educa-
tion program is enabling the Penn
State Equine Extension team to trav-
el across the state educating horse
owners on targeted deworming and
non-drug based parasite control
methods such as pasture manage-
ment and composting of manure.
Courses will be held:
• January 17th in Lancaster
(Lancaster County)
• February 7th in Bethlehem
(Northampton County)
• February 21st in Mill Hall
(Clinton County)
• February 28th in Prospect
(Butler County)
At the Lancaster course
only, Dr. Martin Nielsen from the
University Of Kentucky's Gluck
Equine Research Center, one
of the world’s foremost equine
parasitologists, will speak about
anthelmintic resistance and the
results of his research.
Other speakers include Ed
Jedrzejewski, DVM and Penn
State Equine Farm Manager (at
all locations), who successfully
uses targeted deworming practices
along the guidelines of "Current
Concepts for Parasite Control in
Horses: It Ain’t the 60's Anymore"
written by Ray M. Kaplan, DVM,
PhD. Donna Foulk, Equine Natu-
ral Resources Educator with Penn
State Extension, will speak on par-
asites and pasture issues such as the
effects of temperature and moisture
on parasite levels, whether to har-
row or not, and enhancing pastures
to reduce parasite exposure. Dr.
Ann Swinker, PSU Extension
Equine Specialist, will discuss
composting plus the advantages/
disadvantages of spreading manure
on pastures. The presentations will
emphasize the importance of work-
Penn State Plans Short Courses on Parasite Control
ing with the owner’s veterinarian
to build a customized plan for each
individual farm. To that effect, the
course will also offer CE credits to
veterinarians and veterinary techni-
cians who attend.
Short courses run 9 am to
3:30 pm. The cost of $45 per
person includes lectures, lunch
and materials. Register at least
one week in advance by emailing
Donna Foulk at
call (610) 746-1970.
Those attending the course
will have an option to be involved
in a year-long research project as
an Equine Team Parasite Research
Partner. Partners will learn to
make educated decisions concern-
ing parasite management based
on record keeping and fecal egg
counts. Data will be collected con-
cerning current deworming prac-
tices, occurrences of resistance to
types of dewormers, and benefits
to the farms as a result of switch-
ing to targeted deworming. The
information will be published and
findings will be available to horse
owners and veterinarians across
the state. In order to facilitate
collection of data, multiple sites
across the state will be established
to train participants to perform
the large number of fecal exams
necessary for this project.
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