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

Pale membranes inside the lower eyelid are a sign of barber's pole worm.
Pale membranes inside the lower eyelid are a sign of barber's pole worm.
WormTests; much better than guessing.
WormTests; much better than guessing.

Happy New Year

Best wishes for a prosperous 2017 to all our readers.

The quick quiz

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

1. What is the Barbervax vaccine used for?
2. What are covert strikes?
3. When buying rams, what is recommended to avoid introduction of lice?
4. Which drenches are registered for use in milking goats?

>> Check the answers.

New England WormBoss workshop
Armidale, 14 February 2017

Stop drenching all summer! 
Find out how at the 1/2 day seminar and demonstration brought to you by MLA's Producer Demonstration Site Program.
New project participants are also wanted.
>> More details.

State Outlooks for January 2017 

Worm infestations are reflecting the rainfall patterns across the country, patchy. Where conditions are suitable worm burdens are quite high, but the above average summer temperatures are expected to limit larval survival on pastures.

And see the fishing yarn (from Paul Nilon) for those inclined to participate in the sport.

New South Wales
>> full report

There are hot-spots of worm infection across the state. Lack of worm testing, set-stocking and using drenches losing their oomph are seen as contributing factors to break-downs!


No report this month as our Vic. correspondent is on leave.

>> full report

At this time of the year drenches need to be really efficient.

Western Australia
>> full report

Provided that worm control in the last couple of months was on target, worms should not be a significant risk.

>> full report

Worm egg counts in adult sheep remain low, but it’s a different story in lambs. Fly treatments applied at weaning may be running out, so re-treat, crutch or shear as appropriate.

South Australia
>> full report

Significant summer rainfall has stock chasing green pick and consuming newly emerged infective worm larvae. While summer drenching is generally discouraged, delaying drenching could result in higher worm burdens in winter.