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Worms are very adaptable; understanding how they survive is essential for good, effective management.  Clean out your 'folk lore' perceptions!  >> Find out more.

State outlooks for May 2014

New South Wales

In the northern areas things were fairly quiet, but further south where it was wet and warm, barbers pole and fluke continued to be active.  Keep testing and start preparing weaning pastures.

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Warm wet weather has increased WECs in young sheep as well as fluke activity.  Do WECs on young sheep frequently, older sheep less.  Doing WECs will become more important as the year progresses.

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Not a lot of change - monitor where it has rained.

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Western Australia

Misjudging when pastures are 'safe' has led to some deaths.  This is a regular event that can be easily prevented. Worm survival on pastures is high; regular WECs, particularly in young sheep are essential.

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Understanding what constitutes a 'safe' paddock is essential - 1 month is not anywhere near enough!  Start planning weaning paddocks now.  Lice usually show up around now, so check it out.

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South Australia

A confusing season - wet and warm. Depending on management competency WECs are variable.  Fly has stayed quiet. Monitor regularly.  And fleece shedding sheep (i.e. Dorpers) do, in fact, get lousy.

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Foxes, the culprit for high levels of sheep measles in Australian sheep?

by Dr David Jenkins, Charles Sturt University

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from the FlyBoss website

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Lice-spotting: what's the best way?

from the LiceBoss website

You think you've got rid of lice, but you want to be sure: Were the sheep treated effectively? Have lice jumped the fence with some stray sheep? Keeping an eye out for lice isn't hard; just a little knowledge goes a long way. Learn how to effectively monitor for lice. >> Read more.