This month I'd like to welcome Maxine Murphy as our new ParaBoss News Editor. Maxine would be well known to many Queensland subscribers, as she ran the Qld DPI WormBuster Laboratory for many years until its recent closure. During this time Maxine provided worm control advice to producers and was involved in parasite management research. Maxine also edited sections of the WormBoss web site when it was rejuvenated a few years ago and she is on the ParaBoss Technical Committee.
Lewis Kahn, ParaBoss Executive Officer
From the Editor
Winter didn’t disappoint this year with falls of snow in the eastern states from Victoria and up onto the Granite Belt of Queensland. In Queensland at least, these falls were touted as a once in a generation event. For sheep, it may not have been quite as exciting. Across to the west, weather conditions in the sheep raising regions were more typical, cold and wet with good pasture growth.
Not all worms ‘disappear’ when temperatures drop. Haemonchus (barber’s pole worm), for instance, tends to find a quiet spot inside to wait out the winter, although a few can tough it out on the pasture, while others such as Trichostrongylus (scour worms) and Teladorsagia (small brown stomach worm) find the cooler conditions rather invigorating.
On a positive note, it is encouraging to see wool and lamb prices picking up.
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by Deb Maxwell
The rate at which worms hatch and survive varies throughout the year. Knowing a little about their climatic likes and dislikes lets you control them more easily. >> Read more.
from the FlyBoss web site
Only a small proportion of the 'non-mulesed wool' produced in Australia is currently being declared to the market place. >> Read more.
by Deb Maxwell and Peter James
What governs your choice of chemical group for lice treatments? Cost is clearly one factor, but what about resistance? >> Read more.
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