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

The Quick Quiz

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

1. Which age groups and under what conditions are sheep and goats most often affected by coccidiosis?

2. Why is it important to collect and destroy maggots from flystruck sheep?

3. Under what conditions are rubbing sheep unlikely to have lice?

4. How does feedlotting or zero-grazing benefit dairy goats?

>> Check the answers.

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FREE TESTS: Are your sheep blowflies resistant to chemicals?

Tests worth over $3,500 are currently being offered free this flystrike season (2018/2019) by NSW DPI, with joint funding from Australian Wool Innovation, to test the current level of pesticide resistance in fly populations. >> Read more.

State Outlooks for January 2019

Even worms cannot survive the heatwave conditions currently being experienced over much, but not all, of the sheep raising regions of the country. Most concerning are the summer storms that don’t break the drought but provide microhabitats for worm eggs and larvae in patches of short green pick.

Heads up: details of the Australian Sheep Parasite Survey will be featured on WormBoss next month.   

WormTest when storms are creating a green pick
Why is it important to collect and destroy maggots from flystruck sheep?
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New South Wales
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The hot, dry weather is keeping worm burdens low, but summer storms signal a build-up in barber’s pole over the next few weeks. Flystrike infestations are moderate, and coccidiosis has been identified in lambs.

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An increased number of hogget and mature ewes mobs have been drenched over the past four weeks as worm burdens steadily increase.

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WormTest sheep that are grazing, or have grazed areas of green pick in the last two months

Western Australia
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Sheep should have their lowest worm burdens at this time of the year, providing the control program has worked. In higher rainfall areas, WormTest sheep for barber’s pole four weeks after rain.

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Worm egg counts from prime lambs have been surprisingly high.   

South Australia
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Some worm egg counts have been surprisingly high indicating the likelihood of Haemonchus being present.