Some regions have had frequent, good rain throughout summer—better than in most years. Anywhere in the country with these conditions can expect a high chance of problems from barber's pole worm this autumn.
Reports of rapid escalation of worms are now being heard—sheep look fine one week and severe illness is occurring the next. WormTest and visually check mobs more often for the next month or so if you have experienced a wetter than normal summer.
State Outlooks for April 2017
Good seasons have producers checking for worms, flies and lice as many of these parasites are once again prevalent due to the favourable weather conditions.
At this time of the year producers are urged to conduct larval cultures with worm egg count tests. In liver fluke prone areas, a fluke test is also necessary. Heavy burdens of immature Nematodirus continue to severely impact sheep health, and lungworm has been identified in some regions. Scouring daggy sheep are prime targets for flystrike.
Stock owners are encouraged to follow at least some of their consignments through the abattoirs because factors impacting health and growth, such as pimply gut and lungworm, may be identified, but may not be reported.