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From the Editor

In most states, some useful rain has improved the outlook nutritionally and for worm activity.

Arthur Le Feuvre

Feature articles

Introduced sheep—should I treat them for lice?

by Lewis Kahn, Executive Officer, Paraboss

I was recently approached to weigh up the lice treatment options for 1000 sheep to be introduced to a property. The LiceBoss Treatment Guide is a new tool to be released that will deal with scenarios like this. >> Read more.

Winter weaner worm worry

from the WormBoss web site

The autumn break brings high-worm risk for weaners. Did you prepare winter weaner paddocks or are you about to be caught?  This page from the Tasmanian program is also applicable across much of southern Australia. >> Read more.

Rains expose fleece rot-susceptible sheep

from the FlyBoss web site

Reports of late-season body strike highlight the need to class against fleece rot and wool colour. >> 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 >>

State Outlooks for April 2015

New South Wales
>> full report

Worms are still active in many regions. Cases of undiagnosed resistance have caused some nasty consequences. Liver fluke is starting to show up where conditions and the local environment suit them.

>> full report

Now is a critical time to start doing WECs. Weaners are the first priority and should be monitored at fortnightly intervals once WECs start to rise; hoggets are the next most susceptible sheep. Don't be complacent because of previous low counts. Some scouring from coccidia infections have occurred.

>> full report

Barber’s pole is still active where it has rained. Unfortunately, that is not over a big area. It's encouraging to see more and more producers selecting rams on ASBV criteria that includes WECs. It's one of the best long term solutions to worm management.

Western Australia
>> full report

Good rain across many regions has led to a rapid increase in worm activity and consequent worm egg output. This needs immediate and effective action. WECs should be regular and drenches effective.

>> full report

Things have been ‘dry as’ and there have been severe frosts. In tandem, this has contributed to low WECs, but this could change rapidly. There have been occasional reports of fluke condemnations at works and some flystrike. 

South Australia
>> full report

Some good rain has eased the outlook and WECs have increased. At this time of the year, effective worm and nutritional management are essential to prevent problems later. Regular WECs and body condition assessment (particularly in pregnant ewes) are a must.