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and worms in goats

Why conduct a larval culture?
Why conduct a larval culture?
Neck and body wrinkle are indicators of breech wrinkle
Neck and body wrinkle are indicators of breech wrinkle
Why get a drench prescription?
Why get a drench prescription?
Fleece rot predisposes sheep to body strike
Fleece rot predisposes sheep to body strike

Feature articles

Larval cultures and ‘Strongyle’ type eggs 

by Maxine Murphy, ParaBoss News Editor

In WormTests, how are larval cultures done and why and when are they useful? Also, what on earth are those “strongyle” eggs listed on your report? >> Read more.

Choosing plainer mulesed rams

from the FlyBoss web site

Breech wrinkle is a key predisposing factor in breech strike. But if the rams you buy are mulesed, how do you choose the plainest breeches? Select on neck wrinkle. >> Read more.

Do lice become resistant to treatments, like worms do?

from the LiceBoss web site

Yes, resistance to synthetic pyrethroids is now widespread, and has also been confirmed (to a lesser extent) in the IGRs. But there are still a variety of highly effective chemical groups with little or no reported resistance. >> Read more.

Anthelmintic prescriptions for goats

from the WormBoss web site

In most situations, sheep drenches given to goats legally require a veterinary prescription due to off-label use because few are registered for goats and/or a different dose rate is recommended. >> Read more.

Fast Fact: Fleece rot is the key to body strike

If you aim to breed sheep resistant to body strike, the number one characteristic to cull sheep on is fleece rot.

Quick Quiz Correction

In the December Quick Quiz, the information about spinosad (question 2) was incorrect. Please see below a slightly amended question and a new answer.

Q2. How long does the flystrike protection from spinosad flystrike treatment and protection products last?

Answer: Only one product (Extinosad Lice, Fly and Maggot Eliminator) containing spinosad has a registered protection period against flystrike and will provide at least 8 days protection on mulesing and other wounds and up to 4–6 weeks protection when jetted onto adult sheep. This product is also considered an allowable input on organic properties accredited under the Australian Certified Organic standard, but this certification does not extend to other programs. Other spinosad products are either for treatment and prevention of flystrike (with no specified protection period) or for treatment of lice, and are not recognised by organic programs. Always read the label to ensure you are using the correct formulation for the job at hand.

ParaBoss vacancy: Ruminant Parasitology Research Scientist 

Applications close soon!!  22 January 2018

This Research Scientist role will contribute to the ParaBoss team and also develop a portfolio of ruminant livestock parasitology research. Both activities will contribute to improved parasite management of sheep, goats and/or cattle. 

The position will join an academic and technical team covering a range of disciplines with access to UNE SMART Farms, Cooperative Research Centres and Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit.

Advertisement link:  ParaBoss Parasite Research Scientist – employment opportunity

Requirement: PhD in livestock science or a similar related field, with at least 3 years post PhD experience in livestock parasitology and an excellent research record.

Position Location: University of New England, Armidale NSW Australia

To discuss this role please contact Dr Deborah Maxwell