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Beyond the Bale : June 2015
ON FARM 33 As WormBoss this year marks its ten-year anniversary, its creator Arthur Le Feuvre has decided to retire after 51 years serving the sheep industry. Arthur was instrumental in the creation of the WormBoss program, which was developed and launched by AWI and the Sheep CRC in March 2005. He spent more than 40 years of his career as a Sheep Extension Officer with Queensland DPI, working the country from Charleville, Cunnamulla and Warwick. Realising the importance of being able to communicate the benefits of new technology to sheep producers, he completed a Graduate Diploma in Rural Extension at Hawkesbury Agricultural College and became renowned for being an effective, and at times unconventional, communicator using his special combination of throaty growl and angelic smile. While at Warwick, Arthur developed and managed the Queensland DPI Wormbuster program to help Queensland sheep producers sustainably manage internal parasites. When the Sheep CRC started, it was a logical step to enlist Arthur, with his dynamic personality, to drive the creation of the national worm control program WormBoss. In the early years of WormBoss, Arthur used his experience getting the best from Australia’s leading parasitologists who provided content, guiding web developers to present the information in a way – as Arthur would say – “that would make sense to a cocky”, and working with a marketing company to develop strategies to take the information to sheep producers. He was also successful in recruiting the veterinary pharmaceutical companies and retailers to support WormBoss, which is one of the key factors in its success today. Arthur also composed and recorded the infamous WormBoss song – which can be downloaded from the WormBoss home page – which includes lyrics like "The Boss says test resistance, to be sure which drenches kill; It’s much more cost effective, than guessing like a dill!" WORMBOSS Over 10 years, Arthur and the WormBoss team have created a resource that is the envy of many other sheep-producing countries across the world. Indeed 25 per cent of the website traffic is international. It has also led to the development of its sister web sites: FlyBoss and LiceBoss, which today are all managed under the ParaBoss umbrella, with funding from AWI and MLA. The WormBoss foundations are not forgotten, with years of research and experience from state programs, CSIRO, universities and many dedicated individuals included. Today, WormBoss has a wealth of content including regional worm control programs and drench decision guides, a drench database, an online learning program, and a worm control workshop. Students across Australia are WormBoss-trained. PARABOSS NEWS Each month the email bulletin ParaBoss News is sent to about 3500 subscribers. Written by regional experts, it includes monthly state and regional outlooks on worms, flies and lice. It also includes feature articles as well as a quick 3-question quiz to let you test your knowledge of sheep parasites. To celebrate WormBoss’s ten-year anniversary, a prize draw is being held to encourage producers to subscribe (free) to ParaBoss News. Current subscribers will not be left out from the draw – they should check and update their existing subscription. Subscribe or update your subscription at www.paraboss.com.au in June or July 2015 to enter the prize draw and keep up-to-date with sheep parasite management. WormBoss creator Arthur Le Feuvre is retiring after 51 years serving the sheep industry, but he leaves behind an impressive legacy with the WormBoss program a stand out achievement of his career. RETIRES AFTER 51 YEARS THE ORIGINAL “BOSS” The original worm ‘Boss’ Arthur Le Feuvre. During his career, he was renowned for going to colourful lengths to grab producers’ attention to encourage practice change. WIN WITH PARABOSS NEWS! With a ParaBoss News subscription, you’re already a winner when it comes to parasite control. Subscribe or update your subscription at www.paraboss.com.au in June or July 2015 to enter the prize draw* Riverina Pasture Supplements 1 x $850 prize Allflex products 4 x $220 prizes Mouseoff® BD Rodent Block 9 kg pail 4 x $220 prizes * All prize values are GST inclusive; some conditions apply: see www.paraboss.com.au/news/competition WormBoss is an online tool developed by AWI and the Sheep CRC to help producers optimise the timing and effectiveness of drenching and other worm management practices. The aim of the website is to reduce drenching and minimise the onset of drench resistance while increasing animal productivity, profitability and welfare.