To: WormMail mailing list (recip. undisclosed). WormMail 201007301230 Barber’s pole worm overview This is a nice little slide by colleague Anne Oakenful, made for the Profarm ‘Faecal Worm Egg Counting’ Course, sourcing information from WormBoss. "Death rate in ewes will be double the yearly average i.e. 5 to 8 % even on well managed properties" Phil Graham, NSW DPI Technical Specialist Grazing Systems, at Yass (southern tablelands, NSW) made this comment in a recent report (July 2010). I quizzed him further. His comments below are published are with permission: "We are getting 55 to 75 % of Merino ewes with ‘twins’ (i.e. grater than one lamb) and of these 10 to 15% have triplets. Ewes are .75 to 1 fat score (FS) better than usual ie they are 3.5 to 4, and conditions are wet under foot so foot abscess is going strongly. Put all this together and the death rate due to pregnancy toxaemia is up. The problem is not the available feed but that the stock cannot or will not eat the required amount. Ewes very heavy in lamb with sore feet have a disrupted grazing pattern, resulting in self induced preg tox. We are also seeing an increase in lamb size and associated problems. The ‘terminal industry’ (terminal sires from sheepmeat breeds) has done a very good job on increasing growth rate but that also increases birth weight The dry seasons have tended to mask this problem. Now we have a very good season the problem is expressing itself. Why good producers? Ewes in better FS, higher conception rates, heavier ewes, better pastures equals more foot abscess". See also this related media release by Chris Shands, Sheep and Wool Officer, Glen Innes: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/aboutus/news/recent-news/agriculture-news-releases/good-times-create-pregnancy-problems-for-ewes NLIS: Moving and selling sheep and goats – changes from July 2010 To see the brochure go to http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/livestock/nlis/sheep-goats and click on the link to the "8 step guide", or just click here. See also this media release about changes to conditions relating to moving and selling sheep and goats: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0014/341402/20100701-Sheep-and-Goat-changes-July-1.pdf The man in the picture above is Geoff Casburn, Sheep and Wool Officer, Wagga Wagga. (Geoff is on the left; the sheep is on the right :-). Where WormBoss lives Here is the WormBoss logo: WormBoss began life at www.wormboss.com.au WormBoss currently resides at www.wool.com/wormboss, but if you click on www.wormboss.com.au, you will be redirected to its current home. You will never get lost: you can always find your way to WormBoss. Information on the "IPM-S" project can also be found at www.wool.com Click here.