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ParaBoss News - January 2018 - State Outlooks

Is diazinon effective against lice and flies?
Is diazinon effective against lice and flies?
How soon would a new lice infestation show?
How soon would a new lice infestation show?

The quick quiz

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

1. Which drench group does moxidectin belong to and what other drench actives are in this group?

2. True or false: Diazinon is still highly effective against both lice and flies.

3. How many months could it take for a new lice infestation to become evident?

4. Will worms in goats develop resistance to drenches at the same rate as those in sheep?

>> Check the answers.

FAMACHA© eye colour training

>> See down this page below state outlooks.

State Outlooks for January 2018

Mid-summer has been hot and often dry in many regions. While worm eggs and larvae die quickly under these conditions, worm burdens are building in some regions, the legacy of earlier larval development when moisture was abundant. 

New South Wales
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After the dry December, January has been quite wet in many regions and now it’s time to monitor for worms, including barber’s pole worm.

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Over the past month there has been a massive spike in the number of weaner deaths caused by gastrointestinal worms.

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Recent weeks have been hot and dry. Isolated storms predicted for later this week may put barber’s pole back on the management agenda. 

Western Australia
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Wherever some green feed survives there is always some risk of worms, and the heavy summer rains will put this on the radar in some districts.

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Sheep are in good order and the worms are generally quiet. Some districts may need a second summer drench for sheep grazing perennial pastures. 

South Australia
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The recent worm egg count results indicate many mobs drenched in spring need a follow up summer drench.


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) PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE

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

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