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Administration of Sainfoin pellets - Effects on internal parasites and cheese quality in goats

Title OriginalAffourragement de bouchons de Sainfoin - Effets sur parasites internes et la qualité du fromage chez les caprins

A promising option to control internal parasites of goats and sheep is to feed sainfoin. Sainfoin is a legume with excellent nutritional values which also contains specific secondary metabolites (condensed tannins) which have an activity against parasites. In Switzerland, the integration of sainfoin feeding (hay, silage) into parasitism control systems is already well developed and is being used extensively by goats and sheeps farmers.

An important feedback from the practice (farmers) is that the sainfoin utilization in the form of pellet would be much more convenient (less heavy, more proteins etc.). In 2015, applied trials (on-farm) with goats consuming organic sainfoin pellets were implemented in two areas of the Drôme Region (CCVD and CCCPS). This work is a continuation of the collaboration between the Syndicat Caprin de la Drôme (Goat breeding organization of Drôme), Biovallée and FiBL on the "integrated control of internal parasitism of goats2 started in 2014. The objectives of these tests are:

  • to test the anthelmintic effect of sainfoin pellets with a focus on the preventive effect.
  • to test wether the sainfoin pellets feeding influences the sensory profile of cheese (produced from "sainfoin milk").


Financing/ Donor
  • Région Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, France
  • Projet Stratégique Agricoles et de Développement Rural (PSADER)
(Research) Program
  • Further programmes
Project partners
  • Syndicat Caprin de la Drôme
  • INRA Clermont Ferrand
FiBL project leader/ contact
FiBL project staff
Role of FiBL


Research area
  • Animal health (Department of Livestock Sciences)
  • FiBL France (France)
FiBL project number 50061
Date modified 20.11.2020