It’s just as well The BoM predicted a low probability of above average winter rainfall; imagine how wet it would have been if it had really rained. As it is, every little shower seems to send sheets of water running across the paddocks and bloats the gullies and creeks. As I write, the northern rivers are all in flood or under flood watch. And at 7:30 this morning Liawenee had a temp of -4.3°C with an apparent temp of -15.6°C. At least the Haemonchus will be inactive for the next few days.
There have been a few interesting developments.
Nearly all egg counts are now above zero: no big surprise as there have been more than 2 months of favourable conditions, and many ewes are close to lambing, which is when we expect the egg counts to blow out. Overall, egg counts have remained pleasingly low. Notwithstanding, there are some worrying signs: there has been a late diagnosis of haemonchus on a northern irrigation property, and a client running lambs (rising 1yo) on green perennial pastures lost sheep to Trich (scour worms) infections.
So the precis is:
Note: Cut additional firewood so you can excogitate the problem from the comfort of the office.