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Liver fluke affect goats too. Image: Lewis Kahn
Liver fluke affect goats too. Image: Lewis Kahn

The Quick Quiz

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

1. Why can the larvae of the thin-necked intestinal worm survive very dry conditions on pasture?

2. What does ASBV stand for and why is it useful for flystrike management?

3. Is it usual for sheep lice to breed on animals other than sheep?

4. What is the most common form of liver fluke disease (fasciolosis) seen in goats in Australia?

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State Outlooks for April 2018

Across much of the country summer temperatures have persisted longer than expected and rainfall has been poor. There is a feeling that worms are no longer an issue, but sheep may indeed be harbouring infections.

Read Kate Sawford's report to see how barber's pole worm can still be a problem in southern NSW during a generally very dry summer and autumn.

New South Wales
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Strategic pre-lambing worm egg counts are critical for ewes to determine the need for the lambing drench.

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2018 could be a nasty year for worm infections in sheep not monitored over the summer period.

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Worm tests are important, as rain has fallen over some regions and temperatures are still quite warm.

Western Australia
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The priority is that worm burdens remain contained in the lead up to lambing. Barber’s pole worm disease is often seen in late autumn in the higher rainfall zones.

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Dry sheep are in good condition, but merino weaners are vulnerable and should be monitored religiously.

South Australia
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Extended dry conditions and hand feeding may give the perception that worms are not an issue whereas monitoring may indicate differently.