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

The quick quiz

This 4-question quick quiz tests your knowledge of sheep and goat parasites and their control. 

1. Should lambs be routinely drenched at lamb-marking?

2. What is the most important factor for susceptibility to body strike?

3. What are the 3 sources of possible lice introduction?

4. When individually assessing goats to decide their need for worm treatments, what 3 indicators are used?

>> Quiz answers.

State Outlooks for November 2016

Checking and drenching for worms, and applying early preventative treatments for flies are high on the to-do list of many producers before the Christmas break.


New South Wales
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Worms, flies, and mosquitoes are in abundance. There are warnings about taking short cuts when monitoring, about the public health issues arising from some chemicals used to treat lice, and the diseases carried by mosquitoes.

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Making informed decisions about the need for a 1st summer drench is not possible without worm egg counts.

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In the run-up to Christmas, worm egg counts will be necessary to determine if sheep or goats need to be drenched in the next few weeks, or if they can be left until the next year.

Western Australia
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With sustained dry weather and increasing temperatures, the end to a long worm season is close but don’t take your eyes of the worm-control ball before a summer drench is given to young sheep and goats.

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While worms may still be quiet, the risk of flystrike is high, particularly if the strong winds abate. Liver fluke could start to be a problem in some areas.

South Australia
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The nature of parasites is to limit productivity when least expected and this highlights the need to be vigilant with monitoring, and not to assume all is well because feed is abundant. Breech-strike has been reported in some areas.