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Beyond the Bale : September 2019
ON FARM 49 PARABOSS: 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 subscribe 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 LAMBING AND LICE A BAD COMBINATION The Ewe/Lamb Treatment Tool assists you to choose a treatment strategy when lice are found in pregnant ewes or ewes that have lambs at foot. It helps you to find the right products and the right timing for treatment so that lice are not passed between generations after treatment. You will be asked for your lambing, weaning and shearing times, which are used to establish the best lice eradication program. It allows you to consider multiple scenarios to see which fits best within your farm program. This tool reminds you of the length of protection period and the time required for all lice to be killed by a product and consideration of the WHP and ESI when selling lambs. It’s a useful tool with the ability to work through wide ranging scenarios. If you have lice in your ewes, now is the time to give it a go. Below: Your Ewe/Lamb Treatment Tool report shows your choices, the recommendations, and it can be printed. MORE INFORMATION www.liceboss.com.au/tools Tools to help you assess & manage lice in your flock thoroughly check them for lice: 10 wool partings x 10 cm each on both sides of these sheep. If one louse is positively identified, you can stop checking and plan to treat at shearing. 2. Be ready to treat Have product on hand, but most rural retailers will allow you to return it if unused. 3. Aim to eradicate Get a clean muster and ensure staff know how and are motivated to treat effectively, just in case treatment is required. 4. Check at shearing In advance, offer a generous reward to the shearer who finds the first louse. 5. If no lice are seen, don’t treat. 6. Check again (as per point 1) after four months, then twice monthly until next shearing MORE INFORMATION www.liceboss.com.au
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