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Beyond the Bale : June 2013
seLLIng more WooL 36 on-farm New LiceBoss website empowers producers the new LiceBoss website, www.liceboss.com.au, being launched this month, will put power in producers’ hands to make informed decisions about the best methods for controlling lice in their specific circumstances. The LiceBoss website has been redesigned to provide sheep producers with universal access to best-practice extension advice, without having to leave the farm. “The site features detailed advice in the form of fact sheets and ‘how to’ videos, as well as a series of interactive decision support tools,” said Dr Peter James, senior research fellow at the University of Queensland and the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, who led the team responsible for the development of LiceBoss. “These tools allow producers to enter information unique to their flock and environment to identify the best chemicals and methods for controlling lice for their situation,” Dr James said. “The support tools cover a variety of situations including treating lice in long and short wool, on ewes or lambs, how to meet residue thresholds set by different markets, and methods to prevent new lice populations.” The site was re-developed by AWI and the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC). Senior animal scientist at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture Brian Horton, who helped develop LiceBoss, said that increases in the prevalence of lice in recent years and the emergence of chemical resistance issues had resulted in increased producer interest in lice control strategies. “The ability to sort products according to a producers’ situation allows them not just to decide which chemical groups are most suited to their situation, but will also assist them in developing strategies to avoid chemical resistance issues,” Dr Horton said. “The site also provides indicative prices for control methods to assist farmers when budgeting for their lice control programs, and the long wool treatment tool allows producers to compare the cost of treatment compared to the likely cost of wool loss if treatment is delayed until after the next shearing.” Dr Horton said the site offered valuable information for farmers of June 2013 BeYoNd the BaLe all levels of experience. “The treatments section allows even the most experienced manager to audit their own performance against best practice measures, and easily identify any weak points in their lice control systems,” he said. The LiceBoss website complements the WormBoss website (www.wormboss. com.au) and FlyBoss website (www.flyboss. org.au) which are both also hosted by the Sheep CRC. Woolgrowers will now have available to them an interrelated suite of parasite control websites that provide the best information and the most cost efficient management into the future. More information: www.liceboss.com.au fast facts l A new LiceBoss website is being launched this month to provide guidance to woolgrowers when identifying, treating and preventing lice infestations. l For many woolgrowers, lice control relies on a best practice approach to chemical choice and application to remove an infestation, and good flock management to prevent reinfestation. l LiceBoss is aligned with FlyBoss and WormBoss to deliver integrated decision support tools for woolgrowers managing lice, flies and worms. a screenshot of the new LiceBoss website