WRML. ‘Spring cleaning” (Vet Talk, The Land). Cost of worms in lambs. Doing DrenchTests.

Love S. spring into action and stop worms. Vet Talk. The Land. 20110922..pdf Download this file

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WRML.201109271230.’Spring cleaning" (Vet Talk, The Land). Cost of worms in lambs. Doing DrenchTests.

Spring cleaning

Here/attached is a PDF of Vet Talk in The Land last week (22/9/11)

I will be in trouble with Dr Joe Boray because I forgot to mention the spring (August / September) fluke drench that will be needed on some properties in south-eastern Australia. (Although, I DID mention this in a recent WormMail).

Cost of Worms in southern prime lamb production system   (MLA report AHW.045)

The MLA URL is horrendously long: here is a shortened one: http://tiny.cc/xyvfu   (Otherwise search for ‘MLA AHW.045’ in the search engine of your choice).

‘Southern’ here means South Australia/Victoria. The work was done by SARDI (South Australian Research and Development Institute: ie Ian Carmichael, Paul Blackburn et al)

Ian presented information on this topic at the Australian Sheep Veterinarians’ Conference in South Australia recently (September 2011).

Doing a DrenchTest (WECRT)


A protocol has also been written as part of the WormBoss revamp but it is not ‘up’ yet.

*WECRT=worm egg count reduction test, aka FECRT(faecal…….).

NSW DPI is now on Twitter!


Of course WormMail has been on Twitter (and the web) for some time: http://twitter.com/#!/wormmail   πŸ™‚

Also ahead of the game is SheepConnectNSW – web, blog, Twitter and FaceBook!  πŸ™‚  ( Like WormBoss News, SheepConnectNSW is well worth subscribing too (you don’t have to tweet)).

This doesn’t mean we are all twits.   I wonder what Roald Dahl would make of Twitter.

Ditch the jargon


"Some jargon is useful as an efficient way to communicate inside a group. But using jargon to sound clever is a way of excluding other people from the group. Our guilty secret is that it gives up pleasure to do this. It reinforces our self-image and makes us seem irreplaceable. It also makes us into tedious, incomprehensible windbags.

Tim Phillips, author"

Internet Explorer Users are Dumber? Hoax?


(NSW DPI uses IE….and version 8  πŸ™‚   The above study must be a hoax….   )



Today’s rooster is
Tomorrow’s feather duster.


WRML.20110909.SheepConnectNSW Update -Yass -17 August – PDFs of talks now on-line

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WRML.20110909.SheepConnectNSW Update -Yass -17 August – PDFs of talks now on-line

SheepConnectNSW ran an Update for Sheep Producers recently (17 August 2011) at Yass.

It was a great success, with 185+ attendees and a good and varied program. Outside it was raining steadily, so the day was doubly good.

(Major kudos to SheepConnectNSW Coordinator Shelly Anderson and team, incl. the local DPI people at Yass).

The presentations are now online at the SheepConnectNSW website.

See here:   http://www.sheepconnectnsw.com.au/event.html?eventId=324

Even talks that weren’t about worms were very worthwhile.  πŸ™‚

Here is the worm talk:


I believe audio for each talk will also be on-line soon. (‘Not sure if that is a good thing or not :-).

BTW, Phil Graham (DPI Yass) issued a worm warning for weaners for the area. See here:  http://www.sheepconnectnsw.com.au/blog.html?blogId=6

For regular local updates on worms in your patch, subscribe to WormBoss News:

To subscribe to the monthly WormBoss email newsletter, please contact webmaster@wool.com and quote "WormBoss" in the subject line.


The original URL  –  www.wormboss.com.au –  will also get you to where you want to go.



WRML. WormFaxNSW plus sundry and various

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WRML.20110908. WormFax plus sundry and various

[wormfaxnsw-august, liver fluke reminder, animal health surveillance, blowfly resistance, feed cost calculator, sheepconnectnsw blog, sharing a bed with a pet, age old fight against antibiotics,  L cuprina active, Arthur’s song).

WormFaxNSW July

Here is the issue for July.  It should be on-line soon.  

For explanatory notes and back issues, see http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/aboutus/resources/periodicals/newsletters/wormfax

Liver fluke – spring fluke treatment needed??

A reminder from fluke guru Dr Joe Boray for farmers on really flukey properties. ‘A preventive drench will remove the surviving flukes and prevent the contamination of paddocks with fluke eggs before the snail populations multiply in Spring and get infected’.

If you used a triclabendazole-based drench for the late autumn treatment, then you might consider using an unrelated flukicide this time.

Animal Health Surveillance out now

The latest issue of the NSW Animal Health Surveillance is now available. It reports on 12 interesting animal disease cases investigated by DPI/LHPA, and the exotic diseases excluded by this work (look for the photo of the sheep with a headache).

Blowfly resistancehttp://keditchmite.posterous.com/fly-resistance   (Ed Joshua)

OK, we normally confine ourselves to worms here, but lice and flies are up there with worms as the top three health problems of sheep in Australia.

Feed cost calculator – NSW DPI

When you contemplate supplementary feeding (e.g. to meet fat score targets (ewes) or weaner weight targets, with the bonus of improved worm control), this tool might come in handy:


SheepConnect NSW now has a blog as well –  http://www.sheepconnectnsw.com.au/publicfindblogs.html

At ‘the blog’, Phil Graham (Yass) warns about worms in his patch:   http://www.sheepconnectnsw.com.au/blog.html?blogId=6

Those of you who subscribe to WormBoss News will also get timely (monthly) updates from local experts on what’s happening in your patch .

Can sharing a bed with your pet make you sick? – Health & Wellbeing


You might like to look at the NSW DPI Primefact on zoonoses as well.  http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/334001/Zoonoses-animal-diseases-transmissible-to-humans.pdf

The age old fight against antibiotics


Ed Joshua (Dubbo NSW) warns about L cuprina

(OK…sorry I have strayed onto ectoparasites again… SL)

"They are here already and eating into unprotected sheep. Last week Lucy was eating into new born lamb navels".

"If you …. need details about Lucilure and Lucitrap contact BioGlobal for supplies of these traps and the lure.  They have solved the odour problem by sealing the Lucilure in foil so the traps can be stored without smelling out the storage".

Bioglobal Head Office, 12 Electronics Street, Eight Mile Plains 4113, Queensland Australia

T +61 (0) 7 3123 6448,  http://www.bioglobal.com.au

The Lucilure web page is at http://www.bioglobal.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13&Itemid=32

I’m pretty sure Ed isn’t getting kick backs from Bioglobal.   πŸ™‚    

Ed is Acting Ectoparasite Coordinator (like worms, they are notoriously uncoordinated) revisiting his former role while Jemma Turnbull (Bourke) is on leave.

Another song by Arthur Le  Feuvre

(You may already  have heard the WormBoss song at wormboss.com.au)

A message I got from Arthur: "As you know I indulge in a little song writing now and then.
 Coopers is running a song competition for 150 years of being around in the Aus livestock health scene and I have submitted a piece.
You can hear it and vote at http://www.cooperscountry.com.au/song.aspx?aWQCMTk1wqY%3d "    (Too late to vote I’m afraid but you can still listen).

I’m pretty sure Arthur isn’t getting kick backs from Coopers.   πŸ™‚


WRML: Multi-drug (BZ, LEV and ML (incl MOX)) resistant Trichostrongylus colubriformis from sheep in north Queensland, Australia

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WRML.20110906: Multi-drug (BZ, LEV and ML (incl MOX)) resistant Trichostrongylus colubriformis from sheep in north Queensland, Australia

 In August this year, the 23rd International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP) was held in Buenos Aires.

At this conference, Malcolm Knox (CSIRO, Armidale, NSW) and others presented a paper on macrocyclic lactone (ML) resistance in an isolate of ovine Trichostronglyus colubriformis (black scour worm) from the Mackay area, North Queensland.

Resistance of T colubriformis in sheep to MLs has been considered rare in Australia, although there are field reports (based on worm egg count reduction tests (WECRTs)) from around Australia, especially in uniform and winter rainfall areas, suggesting that ML-resistance in Trichostrongylus sp is emerging (Love S, 2011).

ML resistance is now common in Haemonchus (barber’s pole worm) and Teladorsagia (small brown stomach worm) spp.  Confirmed ML resistant  T. colubriformis has previously been reported in Australia, in an isolate from goats on the Gold Coast of Qld. (Le Jambre and others, 2005.  Incidentally, resistance of this isolate to naphthalophos (NAP) was also inferred).

Knox and co-workers performed a WECRT, using worm free sheep artificially infected with the Mackay isolate, with WECs performed at 42, 44 and 50 days after treatment with moxidectin at the standard dose rate (200ug/kg).

They also tested  the Mackay isolate (MKY) in larval development assays (remember the old DrenchRite(R) assay?), alongside a susceptible isolate of T. colubriformis (McMaster (McM))  and a resistant isolate of T.c of goat origin (Le Jambre and others, 2005.(Mox-R)). Drugs tested in the assay: thiabendazole (TBZ), levamisole (LEV), and ivermectin (IVM).

There was no significant reduction in WEC after treating MKY-infected sheep with moxidectin.

Using McM as the benchmark in the larval development assays, MKY appeared to be more resistant to LEV and TBZ than Mox-R (Gold Coast isolate). For IVM, MKY and Mox-R appeared similarly resistant.

In short, these tests indicated this Mackay isolate of T.c  is highly resistant to (all) MLs, BZs and LEV.

The authors conclude that this is the first confirmed case of this level of resistance in T colubriformis in sheep from Australia, which sounds a warning for other areas where T. colubriformis is a major pathogen and current control is reliant on MLs.


Knox M, Lyndal-Murphy M, Kotze A and Le Jambre L (2011). Macrocyclic lactone resistance in an isolate of ovine Trichostronglyus colubriformis from North Queensland. Proc 23rd Internat. Conference, WAAVP, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Le Jambre LF, Geoghegan J and Lyndal-Murphy M (2005). Characterization of moxidectin resistant Trichostrongylus colubriformis and Haemonchus contortus. Veterinary Parasitology 128: 83–90.

Love S (2011). Prevalence of Anthelmintic Resistance in Sheep Worms in Australia – a Thumbnail Sketch. Proc. Conference, Australian Sheep Veterinarians, South Australia, 16-18 Sept. 2011.