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ParaBoss News - February 2018 - Feature Articles

LIver fluke cause livers to be condemned
LIver fluke cause livers to be condemned
Flystrike wounds. Shear or just apply chemical?
Flystrike wounds. Shear or just apply chemical?
How confident are you that you could find lice?
How confident are you that you could find lice?

Feature articles

Liver fluke: preventing or decreasing liver pathology in lambs at slaughter

by Deborah Maxwell, ParaBoss Executive Officer

Liver scarring and the presence of liver fluke at slaughter results in condemned livers.  Can management or chemical treatment prevent this? >> Read more.

Flystrike wounds. Shear or just apply chemical?

from the FlyBoss web site

There are good reasons why mechanical shearing (plus the right treatment chemical) is recommended over hand shearing or just chemical. Resistance of large maggots is one main reason. >> Read more.

How confident are you that you could find lice?

from the LiceBoss web site

In the early stages of an infestation, only a few sheep in the mob will have lice. To find them you have to first select one of the infested sheep and then find the lice on that sheep. >> Read more.

LICE URGENTLY WANTED: if you have lousy sheep please read down further.

Drenching goats: do the worms die straight away?

No, they take at least some hours to die, but worm eggs already in the goat’s gut are not killed and may continue to contaminate a paddock for days. >> Read more.

Fast Fact: Ivermectin has its moments

Drench resistance by barber's pole worm to ivermectin is very extensive—WormBoss recommends that the related actives, abamectin or moxidectin are used instead of ivermectin, if a "mectin" active is required against worms. However, when used in flystrike treatment preparations, ivermectin is highly effective against the larger (3rd instar stage) fly maggots that frequently resist organophosphate dressings.


WormBoss Workshop - ASHFORD NSW

Thursday 22 February 2018

9.30 am to 2.30 pm

Ashford Memorial Bowling Club, Ashford NSW

Morning tea and lunch provided

Prize giveaway!

POLE-VAULT (naphthalophos) drench (x1)

One lucky attendee who also RSVPs by 19th Feb. will win this drench donated by Landmark Inverell

The prize is one container of Pole-Vault, the new Naphthalophos drench under the Dalgety Animal Health brand available from Landmark stores.

RSVP Essential Mon 19 Feb.

Ash Faint
Landmark Inverell
0427 700 028, 6722 2944
>> More information



FAMACHA is a system to assess goats or sheep for anaemia resulting from barber's pole worm.

The system is used (with other indicators) to make drenching decisions for individual animals and is suited to small herds or flocks of generally less than 50 individuals.

It is essential to score the colour in the correct place and a little supervised practice at a training day is a great start to get the colour right, matched against a FAMACHA card.

TRAINING—Hunter region, NSW and southern QLD


Following on from the FAMACHA course in Tocal last year, Kylie Greentree (District Veterinarian with the Hunter LLS) will be conducting 3 FAMACHA Training Courses in the Hunter region. Dates in each district are listed below and location and time of training is currently being finalised. Please register your interest with your local office as there are limited places.

17/4/18 Manning Great Lakes (Ph: 02 65534233) 

23/2/18 at Tocal (Ph: 02 49328866)

16/3/18 in Scone (Ph: 02  65402400)


17/2/18 Boyland

FAMACHA training will be part of the South East Qld Goat Club Field Day, and will be presented by Dr Sandra Baxendell.

Contact Elaine Rogers 07 55435372 or


Urgently wanted next week: Sheep lice

Location: Between Brisbane and Canberra

Dr Peter James, University of Queensland, is conducting research that requires lice from various locations.

What’s involved? 
Dr James will come to your property and will use a small vacuum to suck lice from a number of sheep. No sheep will be taken away. 

The lice collected are to be tested for chemical resistance.

During the process Dr James, who is Australia’s most experienced lice research scientist, will be able to answer your lice management questions.

Next week 19–23 February, Dr James will travel between Brisbane and Canberra and urgently needs more places to collect lice along the way.

If you are located between Brisbane and Canberra and have obviously lousy sheep URGENTLY contact Dr James directly to see whether your situation meets the criteria for a collection. If your sheep don’t have lice, but your neighbour’s do, please pass on this notice.

Dr Peter James, email:, phone: 0408 148 511 (leave message if no answer or send text)

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