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and worms in goats

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You get one chance each year to eradicate lice.
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The quick quiz

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

1. What are the two newest drench groups?

2. Is dipping a suitable method to apply flystrike products for strike prevention, strike treatment, both or neither?

3. Are there any lice treatment chemicals that are 100% effective?

4. When choosing a drench for your goats, which principle is generally the most important: using a combination drench (which has two to four different actives in it) or rotating the drench (which uses a different drench group than last time)?

>> Check the answers.

State Outlooks for August 2017

Temperatures are already warm across the country with good rain over the temperate regions while much of the more northerly regions are experiencing dry conditions and consequently worm burdens have remained low.

This month, Bill Johnson, District Vet at Goulburn, has provided his perspective on lice control that is applicable no matter where you are in Australia: Producers only have one opportunity a year to eradicate lice….>> read more.

New South Wales
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Worm burdens have remained low in many areas but egg counts are expected to rise if good rain falls in the next few weeks. August is the time to treat for liver fluke in fluke endemic regions.

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Worms are now at moderate levels in the south west, and to maximise stock performance use worm egg counts to ensure target weight gains are achieved. 

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Conditions are still dry as we move into lambing.

Western Australia
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Key seasonal topics are weaning drenches to lambs, preparing to test drenches for resistance, and thinking of the flystrike risk.

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Worm egg counts (WECs) in merino weaners/hoggets are definitely on the up, with some high counts recorded in all parts of the state.  

South Australia
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Rainfall through the cold months of July and August has resulted in short green pastures leading to steadily increasing worm burdens.