ParaBoss News - March 2017 - State Outooks

Weaners do better on a low worm-risk paddock in winter
Weaners do better on a low worm-risk paddock in winter

The quick quiz

This quick quiz tests your knowledge of sheep and goat parasites and their control. 

1. Weaners in southern Australia benefit from prepared low worm-risk paddocks during winter. How could they have been prepared?

2. How could you use a threshold method as a means to indicate when flystrike preventative products should be applied?

3. What should you do if you suspect that lice are resistant to the products you are using?

4. How can smallholder goat owners assess whether goats require a drench against scour worms?

>> Check the answers.


State Outlooks for March 2017

While many regions are experiencing a higher than normal risk of worm infections due to rain, other regions have received only patchy falls. Regular checking of mobs this autumn is important as even good amounts of food on offer may not temper the effects of a worm burden. 

New South Wales
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Worm counts in sheep across all regions have been highly variable reflecting the vagaries of seasonal conditions, even within districts. Barber’s pole, especially the immatures, immature Nematodirus in weaners, and liver fluke, are on the rise.  

Victoria
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Conditions are set for potentially greater worm burdens this year than in the last two years.

Queensland
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Good rain over the last few days will increase barber’s pole risk and while temperatures remain elevated worm egg count monitoring remains critical.

Western Australia
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Across the agricultural regions, the potential for worm burdens, including barber’s pole in wetter regions, is higher than usual.

Tasmania
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Rye grass staggers are predicted to be monumental in northern regions this year. Worm egg counts are already up, particularly in lambs, and are expected to continue to rise over the next few months.

South Australia
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Monitoring is very important when conditions are good, regardless of season or location. Worm egg counts are up and so is the incidence of lungworm and blowfly. 


For March 2017 state outlooks, please follow the links below:

New South Wales
Victoria
Queensland
Western Australia
Tasmania
South Australia