Christine Gelley, OSU extension ANR, Noble County:
At The Ohio State University Extension Annual Conference in Columbus on Dec. 18, 2019, OSU Sheep Team members- Christine Gelley, Timothy McDermott, Clif Little, and Brady Campbell were recognized as the First Place Extension Teaching Award winners in the “Extension and Non-Extension Collaborators” category for their FAMACHA and Fecal Egg Count Workshop held in Noble County at the Eastern Agricultural Research Station in June, 2019. This award was presented by the Ohio Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP)- The Extension Professionals' Organization. The team was selected from the winners of the three extension teaching categories to advance on and represent the state chapter as the National Nominee for Extension Teaching Distinguished Team. This designation is designed to recognize outstanding efforts of Extension staff teams for responding to and incorporating into a specific educational program one or more critical issues. Critical issues may be defined by local, regional, state, or national need. Gelley, McDermott, and Little are Extension Educators for Agriculture and Natural Resources in Noble, Franklin, and Guernsey Counties respectively and Campbell is a PhD Student and Program Coordinator of the OSU Sheep Team in the Department of Animal Sciences. Working together the team hosted a day-long training session for producers to learn the proper methods to use FAMACHA and fecal egg counts for monitoring small-ruminant herds and flocks for parasite concerns and developing integrated approaches for parasite management. National awards winners will be selected after national judging and recognized at the National ESP Conference in October 2020 in Rochester, NY.