Goats and Sheep vs. Barber Pole Worms
The barber pole worm is the world’s greatest threat to profitable sheep and goat production, but the overuse of anti-parasitic remedies has led to drug resistance. Researchers at Fort Valley State University, Georgia, created the Targeted Selective Treatment (TST), which reduces the use of synthetic drugs by up to 90 percent. TST saves farmers $150-$200 per 100 animals per year and identifies parasite-resistant breeding stock.
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