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Are these barber's pole pellets?
Are these barber's pole pellets?
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Merry Christmas!
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The Quick Quiz

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

1.      If you suspect that your sheep are carrying a chronic barber’s pole infection, would you expect to see hard dry faecal pellets or large soft ones?

2.      Why would you miss spotting a low to moderate worm burden if you were using visible signs to assess sheep and to inform a drench decision?

3.      Which lungworms of sheep and goats have a developmental phase in slugs or snails?

4.      Name a primary and secondary type of blowfly maggot you may see in a week old flystrike.

>> Check the answers.

Wormcasts: New podcasts from ParaBoss

On the tractor, driving to town, doing jobs about the farm???
Be entertained and learn at the same time! Download the podcasts onto your phone or music player and listen to Susan Swaney's and Ian Campbell's stories, limericks and interviews. >> Download the podcasts here.

State Outlooks for December 2019

Conditions over much of the country, except for Tasmania and parts of Victoria, remain scorching. Worm egg counts once again reflect the rainfall pattern, but advisors are warning that when it rains, careful monitoring of stock for worms and fly will be required.

Best wishes and thank you

We hope our readers in all the fire and drought-affected regions experience a change of fortune and a much wetter 2020.
ParaBoss would also like to thank the dedicated contributors from across Australia who tirelessly provide our monthly reports!

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New South Wales
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WormTests performed across the region have been variable with some high worm egg counts while others continue to record zero egg counts. Use refugia strategies because drench resistance develops faster in drought conditions.

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A lot of sheep will not require a first summer drench this year due to low worm burdens, but they will need monitoring over summer, especially if rain falls.

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When it rains again, monitor the worm situation carefully as barber’s pole worm numbers can build up very quickly.

Western Australia
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Worm egg count a couple of mobs of weaners and hogget-age sheep to determine whether a drench in early summer is justified.  

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It is dry across the whole state, but summer rain, while most welcome, will change the fly and worm outlook overnight.

South Australia
>> full report

Only the occasional lamb mob in the higher rainfall area has required drenching. The latest information is that lungworm is more widespread than previously thought.