The 2020 round of the ParaBoss WEC QA Program has been cancelled due to foreseeable freight delays that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program relies on swift transport of perishable samples across Australia within a 5-day period. This was successfully achieved with Australia Post in the 2019 main round with all samples arriving at their nominated address by Friday, after being prepared and then sent in eskies with freezer bricks on the prior Monday afternoon.
Australia Post is still warning of continuing and unpredictable freight delays, which are unlikely to improve by the planned October send-out. The samples would likely take one to two weeks for delivery, in which time freezer bricks thaw and eggs hatch.
We have recently trialled methods to prevent the eggs from hatching so soon (formalin and air exclusion). These have failed to maintain acceptable egg counts.
ParaBoss apologises for any inconvenience this causes to businesses hoping to participate this year.
The 2019 results will remain published for a further year.
We hope that freight times will return to an acceptable time to allow the 2021 program to be conducted.
Producers using worm egg counting services are still urged to use WEC providers that have proven their accuracy in the 2019 round. Find them listed here.