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Queensland worm update - February 2014

Arthur Le Feuvre, Warwick (wormboss1@tpg.com.au)

At last some rain for the parched regions of pastoral Queensland. 

Is it enough? - probably not. If you are not aware of it yet, history has shown that those who assume that the rain and feed available at the end of March is it for the year.  Sure it has and could rain anytime - it's just that the odds don't stack up.

So, onto the worms and flies which will surely follow any further rain.

Do worm egg counts on a couple of mobs in 4 - 6 weeks time.  By then, any over-droughting Barbers Pole resident in the sheep will have emerged and started egg laying.  You may find none or you may find quite a few.  If there are worms present and the rain persists, they will rapidly multiply.

Whatever you do - do not drench " just in case"!!  All that would do is enhance the breeding of drench resistant worms.

How bad the flystrike gets will depend on further rain, but drought weakened sheep are highly susceptible to both fly and worms.  Be watchful and hope for a good March rainfall.