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July 2015 ParaBoss News

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.

Don't forget there is just till the end of July to check and re-save your ParaBoss News subscription to go into the draw for great prizes.

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Maxine Murphy

Feature Articles

Worms have an Achilles' heel

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.

Declare wool from unmulesed sheep

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.

Which lice treatment will you use next time?

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.

The quick quiz

This 3-question quick quiz tests your knowledge of sheep parasites and their control. 
>> Take the quiz.

This month's polls

Polls are at the top right hand corner of each web site. 

WormBoss: Do you have drench resistance on your property?
FlyBoss: In high flystrike-risk periods, how often do you check mobs for flystrike?
LiceBoss: Which of the following lice control strategies do you feel least confident about?

>> View results of previous polls

For July 2015 state outlooks, please follow the links below:
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