ParaBoss would particularly like to thank our workshop sponsors, who have made it possible to host such an event.
Platinum sponsor: Virbac
Gold sponsor: Zoetis
Silver sponsors: Australian Wool Innovation and Meat and Livestock Australia
Other trade exhibitors: Elanco and Jurox
The proceedings of the workshop are presented below our Platinum and Gold sponsors' notes.
The workshop presented an excellent opportunity for the industry to come together for the purposes of sharing our experiences and to learn from one another. We left the workshop feeling that those two objectives had been met. Furthermore, we welcome further collaboration with industry and ParaBoss on similar initiatives.
Ultimately, the productivity and sustainability of the Australian flock relies on the advice and solutions provided to producers from the various commercial, scientific, and government participants.
As a commercial entity we are naturally biased towards our suite of products. However, as a scientific entity we also recognise that our range of anthelmintics is not necessarily a one stop shop. Our technical veterinarians and sales managers will not hesitate to recommend competitor products in appropriate circumstances. Moreover, Virbac does promote practical integrated pest management practices.
We feel that this pragmatic approach backed up with sound technical expertise and our broad range of anthelmintics means that Virbac offers the industry:
P.S. We look forward to seeing you all at the next industry workshop!
ParaBoss thanks our Platinum sponsor: Virbac Australia
Zoetis is a world leader in discovering, developing, manufacturing and marketing medicines and vaccines — as well as complementary diagnostics, genetic tests, and services. With more than 75 years of experience and a singular focus on animal health, we strive to make our products, services and people the most valued by our customers around the world.
In 2014 Zoetis introduced Startect® to the Australian market. Startect represents the first time a new active – derquantel, from the spiroindole class – has been launched as a combination (with abamectin) from the beginning. This combination means Startect is not only a highly effective drench, but delays the development of resistance to each active.
ParaBoss thanks our Gold sponsor: Zoetis Australia
The inaugural ParaBoss Technical workshop was held at Aanuka Resort, Coffs Harbour NSW 3–4 March 2016. The workshop was fully subscribed, well supported by sponsors and was a high energy meeting of 67 animal health advisors under the professional facilitation of Dr Gerry Roberts.
The workshop format was a deliberate attempt to provide learning in two directions—from topic presenters to participants and from participants to ParaBoss—and to encourage interaction among participants. The feedback we received indicated that participants enjoyed and valued the interactive approach, but wanted more opportunity to learn from topic experts. We will ensure this feedback is used when planning the format for the next Technical Workshop in 2018.
The purpose of the Technical Workshop was to:
The four topics that were the focus of the Technical Workshop were identified through the ParaBoss Technical Forum and the ParaBoss Technical Committee as both important and contentious.
Drench resistance management
Timing of preventative flystrike treatments
Scouring and dag formation
Preparing low worm-risk paddocks
A summary of the workshop outcomes has been prepared for each topic and subtopic and includes the feedback provided by each group on the large recording sheets used in the workshop. The outcomes are presented as new information for consideration in ParaBoss websites, and research and extension opportunities. Where existing information is contained within ParaBoss websites and is directly relevant to the comments, the url is provided.
Any information captured on the large recording sheets that is already published on the ParaBoss websites has not been included in the Workshop Summary.
We encourage you to take time to re-read information on the ParaBoss websites to refresh your knowledge on worm, fly and lice management.
ParaBoss is the national organisation that leads the development and extension of best practice information, training and tools to improve parasite management of sheep in Australia. ParaBoss manages:
ParaBoss is supported by a national Technical Committee that provides specialist expertise in the control of worms, flies and lice across all sheep producing regions and close connections with industry.
ParaBoss was developed by the Sheep Cooperative Research Centre, and is managed by the University of New England, with support from Australian Wool Innovation and Meat and Livestock Australia.