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From the Editor

You can all go out in the paddock and have a good cheerful bleat!!  It's the year of the sheep, so make sure you look after them—even if you are not one yourself! >>Read more about people born in the year of the sheep.

Some reasonable rain has fallen around the country, but, unhappily, some regions are still very dry.  Regardless of where you are, it's a time when you should be planning some very important decisions—lambing paddock preparation, stocking rates into the rest of the year, likely testing regimes, preferred ASBVs of the rams you might be buying.  Now is the time, do not wait!

Arthur Le Feuvre

Feature articles

I'm crazy...not my fault, not guilty (Toxoplasmosis)

by Virginie Barrere

Seeing my face that morning, my doctor decided to prescribe me a blood test. “While we’re doing this”, he said, “We’ll look for Toxo."  >> Read more.

Class ewes for resistance to body strike

from the FlyBoss web site

If you have been fortunate enough to have rain over summer, and ewes are to be classed before an autumn joining, fleece rot is an important trait for culling. >> Read more.

Do shedding and hair sheep breeds have lice?

from the LiceBoss web site

Claims have been made that external parasites do not establish on shedding or hair sheep breeds and anecdotal evidence does suggest that lice are rarely detected on these breeds and their crosses. However, external parasites will survive on some individuals.  >> Read more.

The quick quiz

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

see State Outlooks below >>

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State Outlooks for February 2015

New South Wales
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Rain has resulted in barber's pole worm increasing rapidly on some properties. Regular Worm Egg Counts (WECs), effective rotational grazing and cross grazing with cattle has delivered benefits, such as no drenching needed since September. Less effective management has resulted in deaths and significant production losses.

>> full report

Generally WECs have remained low (particularly where management has been effective) and drenching has not been necessary.

Do not give a second summer drench without first confirming that it is needed by WECs. 

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Rain has remained patchy, but some properties will have had conditions that favour a rapid increase in barber’s pole worm. If you are getting under the wet stuff, do some WECs to see if anything is going on.

Western Australia
>> full report

Things should be quiet on the worm front.  Do a couple of WECs to confirm the summer drench(es) were fully effective, just so you don't have early outbreaks later as the year progresses.  WECs are easy to do and save time, money and reduce the onset of resistance.

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Some regions have had significant rain resulting in rye grass staggers and increasing worm and fly activity.  So, get moving on fly protection and regular WECs if you don't want chaos and losses.

South Australia
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Barber’s pole has got active in some districts due to unseasonal rain.  Regular WECs will identify increases before losses start.  A WEC post-drenching will tell you if the drench has done what you hope it has. 

Feed quality has also declined in some places.