WormMail: WormFaxNSW-September-October 2010 ISSN 1444-3783

TO: WormMail list (recip. undisclosed)     wormmail.2010-11-22-1000

Here is the latest issue (months of Sept and Oct are combined)

It will also be up on our website soon:  http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/aboutus/resources/periodicals/newsletters/wormfax

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Also see: www.vhr.com.au

Regards

SL

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WormMail 2010-11-17-1030 Worms at Bathurst, Lungworm at Singleton etc

TO: WormMail list.      WormMail 2010-11-17-1030

In this WormMail

* Bruce Watt (Bathurst) article. WHAT ARE THE WORMS UP TO ON YOUR FARM  (Bathurst area)

* Ross Kemp (Singleton). Lungworm in sheep – interesting case.

* Open day on livestock research at CSIRO Armidale.

* Extras

Here is a nice piece written by Bruce Watt for his local Bathurst newspaper.

It is re-published with permission here. Note that it is written specifically for the central tablelands area of NSW (non-seasonal rainfall, around, say, 700-800 mm rainfall per average year), but it has general application to much of the higher rainfall areas (eastern third) of NSW.

Keep an eye out for WormBoss Monthly News on what is happening worm-(and fly-) wise in NSW and other parts of AU

WHAT ARE THE WORMS UP TO ON YOUR FARM

Bruce Watt, Senior District Veterinarian, Tablelands LHPA, Bathurst NSW   2010-11-17

The late wet spring most of us are experiencing has been great for stock and great for worms (and blowflies). We have seen some very high egg counts and even deaths from winter worms in sheep and even some losses from barber’s pole worms.

We know that worms also affect the growth rate of young cattle but this may not be obvious. Young cattle should therefore be drenched now unless they have been treated in the last two months. Unfortunately, worm egg counts are of limited value in helping to determine the need to drench cattle.

On the other hand, worm egg counts are very useful in sheep. If you haven’t drenched your sheep recently you should prepare either to drench them shortly or to submit manure samples to a laboratory to check the egg count.

A neat piece of research conducted over forty years ago in western Victoria show why drenching now is important. Norman Anderson, a CSIRO scientist ran young previously worm free sheep on pastures for about a month, then removed them and replaced them with the next group of young sheep.

He then killed the lambs and counted the number of worms they picked up from the pasture throughout the year. He found that sheep picked up loads of worms each month from April until mid October. He then found that after mid October these ‘tracer’ lambs picked up very few worms.

Of course, western Victoria is not the tablelands of NSW. In many years, more worms are available on pastures over the summer here. However, some of the principles still apply.

This and other research has contributed to our recommendation to summer drench, once about now and once in 2-3 months time. However, we modify this recommendation depending on circumstances. If you treated your sheep with a highly effective pre-lambing drench, they may not require this first summer drench. Worms egg counts help here. If the worm egg count is lower than about 100 you can delay drenching but in a season like this will need to keep monitoring closely.

I often talk to producers about worm egg counts and when they should drench based on these counts. This is not yet an exact science. However, in general we can tolerate a higher worm egg count (say 400-500 epg) in ewes in top order on very good early spring feed. Conversely, a count of even 100 may be too much in struggling merino weaners on poor pastures.

The other factor to consider is the time of the year. In late spring/early summer, we tolerate a much lower egg count because we need to keep in mind that worms deposited on pastures now and over the next few months into the autumn will contribute to parasite problems next winter and spring. We also need to nip a potential summer barber’s pole worm problem in the bud with a drench now.

Some producers also achieve good worm control with rotational grazing or by alternating pastures with cattle. However, in general, at this time of the year I would recommend that sheep owners drench if egg counts are over 100 epg.

If you are one of the many producers who has never utilised worm egg counts let me explain how it is done. First, pick up a worm testing kit. LHPA and I&I offices have the containers that you can post. However, some private laboratories and veterinary practices also provide this service.

Muster the mob you wish to test and hold it in the corner of the paddock (but not the sheep camp) for about 10 minutes. Then pick up fresh manure samples from the area and place them in the bottle contained in the kit. Mail off the kit and expect results in 2-3 days.

A reminder that we are hosting a discussion on grass tetany or hypomagnesaemia. Mac Elliot who is a livestock officer with I&I has developed some insights into using soil testing and weather data to help predict the likelihood of hypomagnesaemia. Mac will speak at a meeting at the Hampton Halfway House at 2:00 on Wednesday 24th November. If you would like further information please call Jeff Eppleston or me on 63 31 1377 or Matt Ryan on 6359 3242.

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Interesting case of lungworm in sheep

We recently had a case near Scone with about 40 deaths out of 500  lactating ewes. The sheep in the mob were in just fair condition.

Death usually occurred  2 to 3 days following  symptoms  of heavy breathing and the  occasional cough. Condition deteriorated slightly but was not a feature. Sheep had been drenched with ‘Cydectin’ (moxidectin)  in May (some may have got Combat (naphthalophos)) and then in July they were drenched with Combat ( not registered for lung worm).
 
 Lambs( on the ewes) and wethers in other paddocks have not shown symptoms.
 
Since diagnosis, ewes and lambs were drenched with Triton (ivermectin/BZ/LEV) and injected with oxyterramycin.   Initially there were a few deaths from  pneumonia but all is looking well now.
 
Unfortunately ewes with their lambs( 2-3 mth)  need to go back into the problem paddock and will need further drenching. By the size of these worms (up to 10cm) see attached photo it must take some time for the worm to grow and block air ways.
 
[snip]
 
This certainly was an interesting case with lung worms well of the radar.
 
Cheers Ross

District Veterinarian
Mid Coast Livestock Health and Pest Authority
Singleton NSW

Photo: Ross Kemp. Used here with permission.

Comment SL):  Lungworm is usually not a big issue in sheep in Australia.  Usually they are individual cases in a  mob and usually associated with intercurrent disease,  eg other causes of illthrift (other nematodes etc). The case / mortality rate cited above  (~8%) is unusually high for lungworm under our conditions. There were no other obvious problems in this mob eg foot abscess, metabolic diseases etc. The necropsied sheep did have a high worm egg count (larval culture not done), but faecal samples taken from other animals in the mob did not reveal high worm egg counts.
 

Open Day on livestock research at CSIRO Armidale

For the first time in nearly a decade, CSIRO’s FD McMaster Laboratory in Armidale, NSW, will hold an Open Day to showcase its significant recent achievements – including its progress in breeding sheep that are resistant to blowfly strike.

To be held from 10am on Friday, 10 December 2010, the event is an opportunity for livestock producers and interested members of the general
public to learn about CSIRO’s research.

Read more at: http://www.csiro.au/news/CSIRO-Armidale-open-day.html

Extras


Productivity in 11 Words       http://www.skelliewag.org/productivity-in-11-words-1040.htm

One thing at a time.

Most important thing first.

Start now.

 
Two Reasons Why It’s So Hard To Solve A Redneck Murder:  

1. The DNA all matches.  2. There are no dental records.

For those who ‘love’ daylight saving

(Sent from a friend in Canada)

Dilbert thanks his co-workers        

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2010-11-07/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DilbertDailyStrip+%28Dilbert+Daily+Strip%29
 

Wally on how to conduct yourself in meetings  

 http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2010-11-16/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DilbertDailyStrip+%28Dilbert+Daily+Strip%29

For those who hate Arial  ;-), this is in Calibri.   Are sans serif fonts all they are cracked up to be ??

Regards,  SL

WormMail: Sheep Connect NSW Newsletter

TO: WormMail list (recip. undisclosed)

You might like to sign up for regular updates from SheepConnectNSW. Go to the website and check it out. Even people in nearby territories (eg Victoria) and countries (Queensland đŸ™‚ might find this of interest.

SheepConnectNSW is evolving/getting better and better all the time.

There is even worm stuff in this newsletter: eg the "WormCheck" course at Orange.

(By the way, WormCheck and the Faecal Worm Egg Counting Courses are one and the same. For some reason the courses in central and southern NSW have had a name change to ‘WormCheck" – one of life’s little mysteries).

Regards

SL

WormFaxNSW is coming…running a little late…

—– Forwarded by Stephen L……/DII/NSW on 17/11/2010 08:29 AM —–



Working Dogs- Train and Care, Camden NSW

Dates 20 November 2010 – 21 November 2010
Location Camden NSW
Event focus Breeding and selection, Feeding and nutrition, Reproduction, Enterprise and business planning, Health and welfare
Presenter(s) PROfarm Short Courses
Costs $380.00 per person

Contact details (Note: Participants must register before the event)

For enrolment and/or information on this course and other agriculture related short courses, skills recognition and agriculture diplomas please visit the PROfarm website (www.profarm.com.au) or contact Maryke Archbold-Hession or Lex Myhill at Industry & Investment NSW:T: 02 4640 6333 or 0408 492 039; F: 02 4640 6300; E: maryke.hession@industry.nsw.gov.au or lex.myhill@industry.nsw.gov.au

This two day course is for owners of working dogs or those looking to purchase a dog who wish to train them for either general farm use or for competition.


Principles of Profitable Farm Leasing – Tumut

Dates 23 November 2010 – 23 November 2010 (8:50am till 3:00pm )
Location Tumut (Tumut Bowling Club)
Event focus Enterprise and business planning
Presenter(s) John Francis – Holmes Sackett Director/Consultant
Costs $500 – 1st business person, $200 – 2nd business person – please see attached flyer

Contact details (Note: Participants must register before the event)

Please complete the event registration by clicking on the link below and fax back to Holmes Sackett 02 6931 7113.For further information on this workshop, please phone 02 6931 7110 or log on to www.holmessackett.com.au

Learn what makes leasing land successful and understand how to rationally appraise a land leasing opportunity.


Principles of Profitable Farm Leasing – Crookwell

Dates 24 November 2010 – 24 November 2010 (8:50am till 3:00pm )
Location Crookwell (Crookwell Services Club)
Event focus Enterprise and business planning
Presenter(s) John Francis – Holmes Sackett Director/Consultant
Costs $500 – 1st business person, $200 – 2nd business person – please see attached flyer

Contact details (Note: Participants must register before the event)

Please complete the event registration by clicking on the link below and fax back to Holmes Sackett 02 6931 7113.For further information on this workshop, please phone 02 6931 7110 or log on to www.holmessackett.com.au

Learn what makes leasing land successful and understand how to rationally appraise a land leasing opportunity.


Principles of Profitable Farm Leasing – Bathurst

Dates 25 November 2010 – 25 November 2010 (8:50am till 3:00pm )
Location Bathurst (Bathurst Goldfields)
Event focus Enterprise and business planning
Presenter(s) John Francis – Holmes Sackett Director/Consultant
Costs $500 – 1st business person, $200 – 2nd business person – please see attached flyer

Contact details (Note: Participants must register before the event)

Please complete the event registration by clicking on the link below and fax back to Holmes Sackett 02 6931 7113.For further information on this workshop, please phone 02 6931 7110 or log on to www.holmessackett.com.au

Learn what makes leasing land successful and understand how to rationally appraise a land leasing opportunity.


Worm Check, Orange NSW

Dates 27 November 2010
Location Orange NSW
Event focus Health and welfare, Feeding and nutrition
Presenter(s) PROfarm Short Courses
Costs $260-$310 per person

Contact details (Note: Participants must register before the event)

For enrolment and/or information on this course and other agriculture related short courses, skills recognition and agriculture diplomas please visit the PROfarm website (www.profarm.com.au) or contact Maryke Archbold-Hession or Lex Myhill at Industry & Investment NSW:T: 02 4640 6333 or 0408 492 039; F: 02 4640 6300; E: maryke.hession@industry.nsw.gov.au or lex.myhill@industry.nsw.gov.au

This PROfarm Worm Check course teaches producers how to perform your own Basic FAECAL EGG COUNTS for WORMS in Sheep, Goats, Cattle, Alpacas & Horses


Funded Training – Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Rural Business Management

Dates 30 November 2010 (Diploma – 2 years Adv Dip – 3 years )
Location N/A
Event focus Enterprise and business planning, Resources, pastures and grazing
Presenter(s) Various
Costs Exemptions Available

Contact details (Note: Participants must register before the event)

Visit our website www.ruralbiztraining.com.au for more course and enrolment information or call us on 02 6884 8812.

Please see attached documents


AQF3 SMARTtrain Chemical Application, Camden NSW

Dates 01 December 2010 – 02 December 2010
Location Camden NSW
Event focus Resources, pastures and grazing, Enterprise and business planning
Presenter(s) PROfarm Short Courses
Costs $365 Per Person

Contact details (Note: Participants must register before the event)

For enrolment and/or information on this course and other agriculture related short courses, skills recognition and agriculture diplomas please visit the PROfarm website (www.profarm.com.au) or contact Maryke Archbold-Hession or Lex Myhill at Industry & Investment NSW:T: 02 4640 6333 or 0408 492 039; F: 02 4640 6300; E: maryke.hession@industry.nsw.gov.au or lex.myhill@industry.nsw.gov.au

A 2 day course for people who use pesticides with powered and hand-held application equipment.


Chemical Card Plus Online (Initial & Refresher), online.

Dates 03 December 2010 (Initial online workshop – 9am-12pm & 1.45pm-4.30pm. Refresher online workshop: 1.30pm to 4.30pm )
Location N/A
Event focus Resources, pastures and grazing
Presenter(s) RuralBiz Training
Costs Initial $255pp or Refresher $165pp

Contact details (Note: Participants must register before the event)

Visit our website www.ruralbiztraining.com.au for more course and enrolment information or call us on 02 6884 8812.Participants need to register before the workshop to allow time for delivery & completion of pre course material, please complete registration form (see link below).

Chemical user accreditation (AQF3) designed for farmers plus -Additional training elements for NSW OHS -Exemption for on farm use of fumigants -Safe Handling of 1080


Lice Fly Workshop, Hatfield NSW

Dates 07 December 2010 (9:30am to 4:30pm )
Location Hay NSW (Hatfield Hall)
Event focus Health and welfare
Presenter(s) Industry and Investment NSW
Costs Free but you must RSVP

Contact details (Note: Participants must register before the event)

RSVP by Friday 3rd December by calling Sally Ware on 0429307627 or 02 69931608

This workshop provides information on how to manage and reduce the occurrence of lice and flies on your property.


Lice Fly Workshop, Booligal NSW

Dates 08 December 2010 (9:30am to 4:30pm )
Location Hay NSW (Booligal Hall)
Event focus Health and welfare
Presenter(s) Industry & Investment NSW
Costs Free but you must RSVP

Contact details (Note: Participants must register before the event)

RSVP by Friday 3rd December by calling Sally ware on 0429307627 or 02 6993 1608

This workshop provides information on how to manage and reduce the occurance of lice and flies on your property.


Weeds and Their Controls, Camden NSW

Dates 11 December 2010
Location Camden NSW
Event focus Resources, pastures and grazing, Enterprise and business planning
Presenter(s) PROfarm Short Courses
Costs $220.00 per person

Contact details (Note: Participants must register before the event)

For enrolment and/or information on this course and other agriculture related short courses, skills recognition and agriculture diplomas please visit the PROfarm website (www.profarm.com.au) or contact Maryke Archbold-Hession or Lex Myhill at Industry & Investment NSW:T: 02 4640 6333 or 0408 492 039; F: 02 4640 6300; E: maryke.hession@industry.nsw.gov.au or lex.myhill@industry.nsw.gov.au

A course for those interested in developing skills in identifying and managing weeds.


Safe Tractor Operation and Maintenance, Camden NSW

Dates 11 December 2010 – 12 December 2010
Location Camden NSW
Event focus Enterprise and business planning
Presenter(s) PROfarm Short Courses
Costs $430 weekdays and $495 weekends

Contact details (Note: Participants must register before the event)

For enrolment and/or information on this course and other agriculture related short courses, skills recognition and agriculture diplomas please visit the PROfarm website (www.profarm.com.au) or contact Maryke Archbold-Hession or Lex Myhill at Industry & Investment NSW:T: 02 4640 6333 or 0408 492 039; F: 02 4640 6300; E: maryke.hession@industry.nsw.gov.au or lex.myhill@industry.nsw.gov.au

This course for small area farmers and rural employees covers the safe operation of tractors with and without attachments and basic maintenance.


Funded Training – Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Rural Business Management

Dates 12 December 2010 (Diploma – 2 years Adv Dip – 3 years )
Location N/A
Event focus Enterprise and business planning, Resources, pastures and grazing
Presenter(s) Various
Costs Exemptions Available

Contact details (Note: Participants must register before the event)

Visit our website www.ruralbiztraining.com.au for more course and enrolment information or call us on 02 6884 8812.

Please see attached documents


Making More from Mudgee Merino Weaners Workshop

Dates 16 December 2010 – 16 December 2010 (9am )
Location Mudgee (Club Mudgee – level 1 meeting room, cnr Perry and Mortimer St)
Event focus Health and welfare, Reproduction
Presenter(s) Dave Gardiner – Central North LHPA District Veterinarian and Edward Joshua – I&I NSW Sheep & Wool Officer

Contact details (Note: Participants must register before the event)

To register, please ring the Mudgee LHPA office on 02 6372 1866 or email Dave Gardiner at david.gardiner@lhpa.org.au

This will be a facilitated producer session with the aim of sharing what works and what does not work to prevent the death wish many believe is inherit in Merino ewe and wether weaners.


Sheep Connect NSW

Phone : 02 6391 3954 Fax: 02 6391 3922 Email: sheep.connect@industry.nsw.gov.au

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WormMail: Early start for Barber?s Pole worm in the North West

TO: WormMail list (recip. undisclosed).

‘Passed on with permission.   Note that some of the detail is specific to the northwest of NSW.

Barber’s pole worm (Haemonchus contortus) is, of course, likely to be an issue in other parts of  northern NSW and southern Qld (sheep, goats, alpaca).

Simple general messages (the detail of messages vary between regions):

* Don’t guess, WormTest

* When you drench make sure it was effective.  (Do a WormTest (worm egg count) around 10 days after the drench)

* These days sustained action drenches in the Northern Tablelands very commonly have reduced efficacy due to drench resistance

* Don’t just rely on drenching: use IPM (integrated parasite management), including grazing management.

* More info:  

        W: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/livestock/sheep/health#Internal-parasites

       W: http://www.wool.com/WormBoss

*More info on LHPAs:  http://www.lhpa.org.au/

SL

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Early start for Barber’s Pole worm in the North West

Veterinarians in the North West Livestock Health and Pest Authority are urging sheep producers in the district to implement drenching strategies to prevent Barber’s Pole worm, following confirmed infections and several deaths.

Worm testing of flocks in the plains and nearby slopes of the North West LHPA has uncovered unusually high egg counts.

Shaun Slattery, North West LHPA senior district veterinarian, says it’s a major concern that Barber’s Pole has been causing problems this early.

“In the last 20 years, the earliest that I have seen sheep with clinical signs of Barber’s Pole worm was at Christmas. This year we are also seeing the problems in the western parts of the North West LHPA where it’s usually rare,” said Mr Slattery.

Mr Slattery believes the cause of the early worms can be attributed to the floods early in 2010 and a wet and mild winter and spring this year.  

“With a wet forecast ahead, Barber’s Pole is shaping up to be a major disease issue for sheep producers in the North West LHPA,” Mr Slattery said.

To prevent further deaths and reduced flock productivity, action is required now.

“Administer adult sheep a sustained action drench now and lambs at 12 weeks of age or at weaning time, whatever is earliest.

“Follow up by conducting a WormTest in late December to determine the effectiveness of the strategy and if further drenching is required.

“We are predicting the areas around and west of Narrabri, Walgett, Moree, Mungindi and Goondiwindi to be hotspots for Barber’s Pole worm over the coming months,” he said.

Mr Slattery reminded producers to use good drenching practices and dose to the heaviest sheep in the mob. Producers should also consider which drench will be most effective for their individual situation.        

For more advice contact your local office of the North West LHPA.

Media contact: Shaun Slattery 0428 922 607 or Libby Read 0428 923 731

WormMail: Early start for Barber?s Pole worm in the North West

TO: WormMail list (recip. undisclosed).

‘Passed on with permission.   Note that some of the detail is specific to the northwest of NSW.

Barber’s pole worm (Haemonchus contortus) is, of course, likely to be an issue in other parts of  northern NSW and southern Qld (sheep, goats, alpaca).

Simple general messages (the detail of messages vary between regions):

* Don’t guess, WormTest

* When you drench make sure it was effective.  (Do a WormTest (worm egg count) around 10 days after the drench)

* These days sustained action drenches in the Northern Tablelands very commonly have reduced efficacy due to drench resistance

* Don’t just rely on drenching: use IPM (integrated parasite management), including grazing management.

* More info:  

        W: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/livestock/sheep/health#Internal-parasites

       W: http://www.wool.com/WormBoss

*More info on LHPAs:  http://www.lhpa.org.au/

SL

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Early start for Barber’s Pole worm in the North West

Veterinarians in the North West Livestock Health and Pest Authority are urging sheep producers in the district to implement drenching strategies to prevent Barber’s Pole worm, following confirmed infections and several deaths.

Worm testing of flocks in the plains and nearby slopes of the North West LHPA has uncovered unusually high egg counts.

Shaun Slattery, North West LHPA senior district veterinarian, says it’s a major concern that Barber’s Pole has been causing problems this early.

“In the last 20 years, the earliest that I have seen sheep with clinical signs of Barber’s Pole worm was at Christmas. This year we are also seeing the problems in the western parts of the North West LHPA where it’s usually rare,” said Mr Slattery.

Mr Slattery believes the cause of the early worms can be attributed to the floods early in 2010 and a wet and mild winter and spring this year.  

“With a wet forecast ahead, Barber’s Pole is shaping up to be a major disease issue for sheep producers in the North West LHPA,” Mr Slattery said.

To prevent further deaths and reduced flock productivity, action is required now.

“Administer adult sheep a sustained action drench now and lambs at 12 weeks of age or at weaning time, whatever is earliest.

“Follow up by conducting a WormTest in late December to determine the effectiveness of the strategy and if further drenching is required.

“We are predicting the areas around and west of Narrabri, Walgett, Moree, Mungindi and Goondiwindi to be hotspots for Barber’s Pole worm over the coming months,” he said.

Mr Slattery reminded producers to use good drenching practices and dose to the heaviest sheep in the mob. Producers should also consider which drench will be most effective for their individual situation.        

For more advice contact your local office of the North West LHPA.

Media contact: Shaun Slattery 0428 922 607 or Libby Read 0428 923 731