WRML. Increased lab charges. DIY worm egg counting course. Farm safety course

TO: WormMail list (recip. undisclosed).

WRML.2012-02-23. Increased lab charges. DIY worm egg counting course. Farm safety course

Parasitology lab charges -NSW DPI’s State Vet Lab at EMAI

Below (pasted or attached image) are the current lab charges for the NSW DPI parasitology lab.

These went up (2.9%) in November 2011 in line with the  Consumer Price Index.

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Several years ago we (NSW DPI) introduced a ‘BASIC’ form of WormTest, to reduce labour costs and consequently the lab charge.  The kit is the same (ie 10 plastic vials etc), but if you go for ‘GOLD’ you get 10 individual counts, but if you opt for ‘BASIC’ ($35.55) you get two counts (two bulks of five).

There is some discussion at present about the value of bulk counting, particularly when it means  taking samples (from fresh piles of dung in the paddock, or from the rectum) from many more animals (eg 20+, as opposed to 10 in a mob). But that can’t be dealt with here.

How we react to the cost of WormTesting is interesting.

We might think it is expensive (because the cost is up front and obvious). Say you went for GOLD+type (56.65+19.65=$76.30) when testing a mob of 500 sheep.   That is 15 cents per sheep. If the WormTest result was applicable to another 1000 sheep that were similar (age/class, drenching and grazing history etc) then the cost comes down to  5 cents per sheep.

It would be pretty hard to drench sheep for 15 cents, even if you don’t include the cost/value of labour. (You might do it for under 15 cents using an older drench that is very likely ineffective (Resistance is VERY VERY common). So, all you would achieve in the sheep is a very modest degree of rehydration at great expense. But there are the benefits to the operator of recreational drenching 🙂 .

Now compare the cost of drenching or WormTesting with what sheep worms cost in Australia. Roughly, depending on where you are (and commodity prices etc), the estimated annual cost is between $5-10 per sheep, possibly more. (Sackett and others (2006; Australia-wide), see MLA website; Kelly and others (more recently, and in the New England region of NSW).

Generally about 80-90% of the cost of worms is from production losses (as opposed to the cost of drenching and/or WormTesting).

WormTesting stacks up pretty well when you do a cost-benefit exercise.

DIY Profarm Worm Egg Counting course – 28 March – Tamworth

Hi Steve –

I have attached a copy of the  flyer/registration form for March.  

If you would like any further information or us to send hard copies, please either call (Cassie 6763 1276 or Julie 6763 1285) or email.

For times/venues for other Profarm WEC Courses (developed and delivered by experienced parasitologists):

http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/profarm/courses/faecal-egg-counts   or   http://www.sheepconnectnsw.com.au/upcomingevents.html

Thanks
Julie

Julie Chapman | PROFarm Short Course Program
NSW Department of Primary Industries
4 Marsden Park Road | Calala NSW 2340
T: 02 6763 1285 | F: 02 6763 1276
E: julie.chapman@industry.nsw.gov.au
W: www.profarm.com.au

Free Farm Safety Course – 13 March – Tamworth

Hi All,

Just letting you know that we are holding a free Farm Safety Field Day at the TAI Tamworth Training Centre on 13 March.  I have attached a flyer with details of the day for your information.

If you know of anyone who may benefit from attending would you please pass this flyer on to them.

If you would like any further information or us to send hard copies, please either call (Cassie 6763 1276 or Julie 6763 1285) or email.

Regards
Julie

Julie Chapman | PROFarm Short Course Program
NSW Department of Primary Industries
4 Marsden Park Road | Calala NSW 2340
T: 02 6763 1285 | F: 02 6763 1276
E: julie.chapman@industry.nsw.gov.au
W: www.profarm.com.au

 

Regards

SL

FSFD Flyer March 2012.pdf Download this file

FEC Flyer TAM Mar 2012.pdf Download this file

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