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The Lower Macquarie is "as full as a fish and chip shop on Good Friday", reports our Tasmanian correspondent, Paul Nilon.
Meanwhile, many of our NSW correspondents are commenting on the temperatures soaring in many parts of NSW. See how long worm larvae take to die with high temperatures.
Overwhelmingly, advisors are recommending that it’s time to diligently monitor your sheep for worms and fly after a long and difficult summer.
Know how to test
With WormTesting a high priority this month, here are links to some key WormBoss pages:
There have been some extreme barber’s pole infections following good rains throughout January, but don’t overlook the scour worms or fluke. If sheep appear visually “wormy” within a week of drenching rethink the drenches you are using.
Mobs should be monitored 8 weeks after the summer drench to ensure they are not contaminating pastures prior to the autumn break.
Lambs may not have been drenched because it has been such a dry summer, but barber’s pole can often find leverage if there’s any green pick around.
After the unseasonal rains in January the main advice is to worm test mobs as it may be time for a re-drench.
The message is to keep monitoring and drench at your target worm egg counts.
Worm egg monitoring should be a routine procedure in February to assess and minimise the risk of winter worm burdens in the lead up the autumn break.