Natural Parasite Management Improves Sustainability and Profitability of Small Ruminant Production

The greatest challenge to sustainable sheep and goat production is infection with internal parasites. Fort Valley State University’s (FVSU) research and outreach on the tannin-containing legume sericea lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata) as a natural alternative to ineffective anthelmintic drugs has shown improved sustainability and profitability of small ruminant production systems in the United States. This work also provides farmers with a new revenue opportunity through the sale of nutraceutical hay.