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Beyond the Bale : June 2016
ON FARM 41 Table 1. Results from the LiceBoss Long Wool Tool showing scenarios with a mob of 1000 ewes, with an average (lice-free) fleece value of $60, when 1% of the mob are first seen rubbing at 10, 8, 6, 4 and 2 months before shearing. Months until next shearing when 1% of the mob are seen rubbing Cost of wool loss if no long wool treatment is applied Approximate cost of various long wool treatment options including chemical, labour and current wool loss IGR jetting ML jetting IGR backline Spinosyn jetting SP backline Spinosyn backline 10 $14,300 $1,400 $2,100 $2,700 $5,200 $7,300 N/A 8 $8,600 $940 $1,300 $1,900 $2,400 $3,200 N/A 6 $3,500 $890 $1,100 $1,700 $1,400 $1,800 N/A 4 $1000 N/A $1,200 N/A $1,200 $1,300 $2,100 2 $220 N/A $1,300 N/A $1,300 $1,200 $2,000 Figure 1. Simple inputs are used to assess the costs of no treatment versus a long wool treatment in a lousy mob. Figure 2. The Long Wool Tool report shows costs of various long wool treatment options against the cost of wool damage. more than 4 months before shearing, but when this was closer to next shearing the cost of damage does not outweigh the cost of treatment. In summary, the LiceBoss Long Wool Tool is very simple to use and provides the costs that allow you to decide whether it is cost-effective to apply a long wool treatment to lousy sheep. It can be found at www.liceboss.com.au, then choose Tools from the main menu. MORE INFORMATION LiceBoss is Australia’s lice control resource, providing practical information on prevention, monitoring, treatment, products, and decision support tools. LiceBoss is available at www.liceboss.com.au BEST PRACTICE ADVICE FOR MANAGING SHEEP PARASITES ParaBoss is a suite of three products – LiceBoss, WormBoss and FlyBoss – developed to help sheep producers in the management of lice, worms and blowflies. The LiceBoss, WormBoss and FlyBoss websites are sources of detailed management information and regional programs that will assist in managing the major parasite risks for sheep. The websites have been developed by expert panels of parasitologists and veterinarians from across Australia. ParaBoss provides access to the three websites at www.paraboss.com.au. Subscribe to ParaBoss News, the twice monthly free email newsletter with state outlooks on the current state of sheep parasites as well as feature articles and the quick quiz to test your knowledge of sheep parasites. You can register on the ParaBoss website. Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/paraboss.com.au to see weekly posts on flystrike, lice and worm control. ParaBoss is funded by AWI and MLA and coordinated by the University of New England with industry oversight. MORE INFORMATION www.paraboss.com.au
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