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

Scary statistic

The cost of worms to the sheep industry is estimated to be $436M: annual production losses of $342M and treatment/preventative costs of $94M. Priority list of endemic diseases for the red meat industries.

Barber's pole alert

In the run-up to Christmas, barber’s pole alerts are current for some of the summer rainfall regions. In other parts of the country, early diagnosis and use of effective drenches are being encouraged.

Happy Christmas to all!

To all of our subscribers and readers, the ParaBoss Team wishes you and yours a very merry Christmas and happy New Year and particularly to those producers battling adverse weather situations and stock losses. May the 2016 seasons be wonderful and ensure your prosperity!

Maxine Murphy, ParaBoss News Editor





Feature articles

Combination drenches—how you benefit from them

from the WormBoss web site

WormBoss recommends using effective drenches and where possible, these should be combinations. But how do they work and what are the benefits? >> Read more.

Treating struck sheep—some products aren't designed for the job

from the FlyBoss web site

Where maggots remain after shearing the area, the two common flystrike preventatives, dicyclanil (e.g. CLiK) and cyromazine (e.g. Vetrazin), when applied alone, are not suitable on welfare grounds, as maggots will take up to 4 days to die. >> Read more.

Did your lice treatment at shearing work?

from the LiceBoss web site

If you applied a lice treatment at shearing think about checking for lice the next time they are yarded. Follow these tips to be able to check with the best chance of finding lice if they are still present. >> Read more.

The quick quiz

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

NEW! 2 x ParaBoss News per month

In 2016, this e-newsletter will be sent twice each month.
Feature Articles—mid-month
State Outlooks—end of month


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State Outlooks for December 2015

New South Wales
>> full report

Barber’s pole alert for some regions and reports of severe haemonchosis in goats.

Victoria
>> full report

Take advantage of the dry season to prepare low worm-risk paddocks for winter weaners.

Queensland
>> full report

Don't ignore the possibility of barber's pole issues over the Christmas period if sheep have access to green pick.

Western Australia
>> full report

An alternative to autumn drenching for adult sheep is to give a summer drench, but leaving of the mob 15–20% undrenched.

Tasmania
>> full report

Use the continuing dry to achieve improved worm control.

South Australia
>> full report

There is no substitute for regular monitoring with worm egg counts as worms often "throw a curve ball".


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