Catastrophic fires in parts of New South Wales and Queensland and ongoing drought conditions are exacting a huge toll on stock and producers alike. In more southerly regions showers of rain have brought worms and flies.
Showers of rain have brought reports of barber’s pole infections, and flystrike most commonly in lambs in confinement feeding situations. Early weaners with coccidial scours and dag are at risk of breech strike.
Monitor weaners closely for the 6 weeks after weaning. Review worm egg counts, weather conditions and faecal consistency scores to determine the timing of the first summer drench. Some fly activity has been reported.
With the recent rain and warmer weather, barber’s pole numbers are expected to increase. In the higher rainfall region, lambs and hoggets should receive a first summer drench, but more generally, summer drenching is a two-edged sword.
Lambs need to be weaned and given a first summer drench. The ewes, if they are to stay on permanent pastures also need to be drenched. Yet another discovery of an exotic snail host of liver fluke suggests that this snail may, in fact, be quite widespread.