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Australia's resource for control of worms, flies and lice in sheep,
and worms in goats

Introduction

At last! Some good rain across the eastern states. Probably not enough to give any real relief to many places, but it should generate some green pick for most. A lot depends on what, if anything, comes next. No rain means rapid descent back to drought, more useful rain will probably bring flies and worms along with the feed. Start planning for both possibilities!   —Arthur Le Feuvre


Feature articles

Why prepare low worm-risk paddocks?

by Deb Maxwell, Operations Manager, ParaBoss

While many producers across Australia are coming up to lambing or weaning, when low worm-risk paddocks are valuable, other producers are in a position now to think about preparing these paddocks. >> Read more.

It takes planning to stop mulesing

by Deb Maxwell, Operations Manager, ParaBoss

Should you stop ‘cold turkey’ or a little at a time? A more successful approach is to develop a breeding and management plan.  It’ll include your criteria for culling sheep, selecting rams, managing dags, tail length, chemical treatments and timing of crutching and shearing. >> Read more.

Lice management practices highlighted by national survey

by Lewis Kahn, Executive Officer, ParaBoss

Lice infestations remain a concern for Australian sheep producers with detection of lice being reported by 23% of producers in 2011 with a further 27% reporting rubbing. >> Read more.

 

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State outlooks for August 2014

New South Wales

A mixed bag—generally worm activity is moderate to low, but some high counts where management has been deficient. Good management has been rewarded with little need for drenching and healthy sheep. Regular worm egg counts are essential following the widespread and generally useful rain.

 More ParaBoss News—New South Wales

 

Victoria

Monitor lambs every 2–3 weeks to avoid any crashes and loss of productivity. Every kilo of weight a lamb to market puts on is worth much more than the cost of the WEC. Watch out for fluke.

 More ParaBoss News—Victoria

 

Queensland

What a difference the recent rain might make! If you get any further falls, a few monitoring WECs might be a good idea in around 4–6 weeks. Proper quarantine drenching is making a difference where it is being used.

 More ParaBoss News—Queensland

 

Western Australia

Highly variable conditions across the sheep areas mean it's hard to give a blanket view. While rain has been insufficient for most crops, there is still enough short green pick and moisture to keep worms cycling. As always, producers with recent resistance test data and WECs are streets in front of those who don't.

 More ParaBoss News—Western Australia

 

Tasmania

The big swings in rainfall continue. Things have (sort of) dried out, Xbred ewes are in excellent condition, but some Merino weaners are in trouble. Be careful using long acting drenches in these situations—it might come back and bite you.

 More ParaBoss News—Tasmania

 

South Australia

While rain (and frosts) have come, El Niño still seems likely. Variable egg counts across the state highlight the need for WECS to make sound drenching decisions. Start preparing weaning paddocks 6 months in advance.

More ParaBoss News—South Australia

 

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