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New strategies to control worms in goat keepers’ herds – Validated RNRRS Output

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Sub-Saharan Africa
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Capacity Development

This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID’s 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Summary for Project title: R8151: Improving the livelihood of resource-poor goat farmers in Southern Africa through strategic drug and nutritional interventions against gastro-intestinal nematode infections.

Researchers working in South Africa have produced a range of information that will help producers and extension workers to identify and treat the effects of worm infestation in goats. Currently, heavy worm loads greatly reduce the number of kids that goats produce, as well as the number that live to be weaned. This badly affects the livelihoods of resource-poor farmers. Using simple techniques to identify and treat animals with worm-caused anaemia is one option that has already been shown to work. The project has also produced, tested, and revised a goat keepers’ health care manual and booklets to help producers deal with worms in their goats, sheep and cattle.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts on Poverty, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (11 pp.) taken from the CD.