Center for Viticultural Sciences
The mission of the Center for Viticultural Sciences and Small Fruit Research is to conduct research and provide service and support that will help the viticulture industry in Florida to become a viable industry (Florida Viticulture Policy Act, 1978).
Advances in both veterinary medicine technology and technique are the fuel firing the increased demand for well-trained individuals to work as veterinary technologists.
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About Food Safety and Bioterrorism
The Food Safety and Bioterrorism Program supports the goal to enhance and maintain agricultural and food production systems within the focus area: Agricultural Profitability and Sustainable Use of Environmental Resources. Through this program, the following outreach and extension activities conducted are:
Herd Health and Management Practices: This program focuses on the control of internal parasites in small ruminants. The objectives are:
· To provide technical assistance and information on farm management practices to farmers in the northwestern counties of Florida and conduct a comparative study on the efficacy of worm medications (Moxidectin, Ivermectin and Sheep Oral Cydectin Drench) in meat goats and sheep and to provide information on management and health practices and feeding.
· To evaluate fecal samples for intestinal parasites and determine the effects on intestinal parasites on animals and compared effectiveness of (dewormers) on animal health, bodyweight and performance of the animals.
The potential audience is small ruminant producers (goats and sheep) who need assistance with controlling intestinal parasites that can be devastating to their animals. The activitiesinclude providing information on farm management practices to farmers in North Florida; conducting herd health studies to improve animal health and productivity of animals and making farm visits to collect data on body weight and fecal sample for analysis.
Positive impact is made as farmers gain information and are better able to determine how long they can wait before treating animals and reducing the amount of times animals were treated, reduced animal health costs and overall production costs. Results help determine the proper protocol for treatment of animals for intestinal parasites using the dewormers and how often the animals should be treated.