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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.