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ParaBoss News - December 2018 - State Outlooks

How do sheep lice backline products make contact with the lice?
How do sheep lice backline products make contact with the lice?
Which classes of goats are most susceptible to worms?
Which classes of goats are most susceptible to worms?


The Quick Quiz

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

1. Which nutritional component is more important for building worm resistance in stock: energy or protein?

2. After shearing wool from the affected area of a flystruck sheep, why is it recommended that maggot-infested wool is collected and put into a bag in the sun?

3. How do sheep lice backline products make contact with the lice?

4. Which classes of goats are most susceptible to worms?

>> Check the answers.

State Outlooks for December 2018

Warm temperatures, sporadic rain and severe summer storms have hit across the country. The expanding patches of green pick in paddocks indicate that worms are active and that lambs/weaners need to be carefully monitored to determine when to drench.

Heads up: The Australian Sheep Parasite Survey will be coming your way in early February.

Best wishes and thankyou

We hope our readers in all the drought-affected areas experience a much wetter 2019.
ParaBoss would also like to thank the contributors from across Australia who provide our monthly reports!


New South Wales
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Regular worm testing remains critical for weaners due to continued sporadic rainfall and increasingly warmer weather.   

Victoria
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Monitor and WormTest weaners 4-6 weeks after weaning.

Queensland
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If you have been lucky enough to receive a couple of ‘inches’, it is highly likely that any worm larvae hiding in sheltered areas will have also rejoiced. Worm test first thing next year.

Western Australia
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Young sheep mobs are usually drenched in early summer. Sheep grazing green pastures need to be worm tested 3–4 weeks after any falls of rain.

Tasmania
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WormTest prime lambs every 2–3 weeks. If you are unwilling/unable to do this, then drench according to the calendar.

South Australia
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Worm burdens are currently low but recent rainfall has increased the risk of haemonchosis. Drench sheep if worm egg counts rise rapidly to exceed 500 eggs per gram.


For December 2018 state outlooks, please follow the links below:

New South Wales
Victoria
Queensland
Western Australia
Tasmania
South Australia