WRML. 1. don’t import resistant worms 2. NSW Minister for Primary Industries announces Local Land Services

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Don’t import resistant worms

Hopefully most of you by now have subscribed to WormBoss News and have already seen this.

For those who haven’t, and/or have Egg-Timers Disease like me (‘can’t remember anything you read more than three minutes ago), I am pasting the lead article (from September WormBoss News) below.

Either way, the message bears repeating. Spreading drench-resistant worms of ruminants by way of animal movements is a very effective way of increasing problems with resistance (and one that many producers do not adequately address).

There is often a lead article for each WormBoss News, as well as state-by-state monthly updates. (The lead article for August was on tapeworms, that perennial favourite).

You really should subscribe to WormBoss News if you haven’t already.  The current way to subscribe to the monthly WormBoss email newsletter:  contact webmaster@wool.com and quote "WormBoss" in the subject line. (This may change (i.e. improve!) when the NEW WormBoss is launched (within a few months)).

Don’t import resistance

As to the article below: in my opinion, when it comes to the quarantine treatment (drench(es)), current best practice is to use not less than four unrelated actives (most if not all broad-spectrum actives), one of them being monepantel (Zolvix).   (Startect is not yet available in Australia, so it does not yet figure in the equation).

I say this because we now know that there are some worms that can resist 3-way and even 4-way combination drenches on the market.

The above relates primarily to roundworms. Don’t forget liver fluke.

Stephen Love, State Coordinator – Internal Parasites, I&D NSW Primary Industries, Armidale: don’t import drench resistance!      http://www.wool.com/Grow_WormBoss.htm

There are two ways you can get drench-resistant worms: breed your own and/or buy someone else’s.

Here is advice on quarantine treatments from the revised material developed for the new WormBoss (to be launched soon):

Keeping drench-resistant worms out of your property is part of sustainable worm control.

Assume that purchased sheep are carrying worms with some degree of drench resistance to one or more drench
1.        Quarantine drench all sheep new to the property.

  • Use a combination of preferably four unrelated drench actives. This can be done using multi-active (combination) and/or single-active products concurrently: up the race with one product, then up the race again with the next.
  • Do not mix different drenches unless the label states you can, as different products may be incompatible.

2.        Quarantine the sheep after treatment.

  • Hold the sheep in quarantine in yards (small mobs) or a secure paddock (larger mobs) for at least three days to allow worm eggs present at the time of drenching to pass out of the gut.
  • Provide adequate feed and water.
  • Keep this paddock free of sheep, goats or alpacas for at least three months in summer or six months in cooler months.

3.        After quarantine, release the sheep onto a paddock that is likely to be contaminated with worm larvae due to grazing by other sheep. This will dilute (lower the proportion of) resistant worms surviving treatment with worm larvae already on your property.
4.        WormTest the imported sheep 10-14 days after drenching for added confidence that treatment was successful.
5.        Get expert advice on up-to-date recommendations for quarantine treatments. These will evolve as the drench resistance picture changes.

Monepantel and Derquantel each represent new drench groups. In Australia, monepantel was released in September 2010 as ZolvixR. Derquantel may be released in Australia in 2012. Either or both of these new drenches are good choices as part of the quarantine treatment.


 MEDIA RELEASE    Katrina Hodgkinson MP Minister for Primary Industries Minister for Small Business

Thursday 4 October 2012


Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson today announced the most fundamental change since the 1940s to the way NSW primary producers access services, information and advice.
In a move long overdue, the NSW Government will give more control of local agricultural and natural resource management services to farmers and landowners.
The new Local Land Services will deliver locally prioritised services including:

� agricultural advice;

� plant and animal pest control and biosecurity;

� natural resource management; and

� emergency and disaster assessment and response.

Local Land Services will see the end of multiple agencies providing unco-ordinated, highly duplicative, inequitable and unnecessarily expensive services to farmers and regional landowners,” Ms Hodgkinson said.

“The current structures are stifling innovation, reducing productivity and making it harder for farmers and landowners to manage their land.

“The status quo is not an option. Our farmers deserve better.”

Local Land Services will be regionally-based, semi-autonomous, statutory organisations that are governed by locally elected and skills-based Board members

They will replace the 13 Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs), 14 Livestock Health & Pest Authorities (LHPAs) and incorporate agricultural advisory services currently provided by Agriculture NSW (part of the Department of Primary Industries).

Local Land Services is a service delivery model for the future which links natural resource management to productive primary industries,” Ms Hodgkinson said.

“Farmers and landowners will be able to easily access natural resource management, agricultural advice and biosecurity functions from one organisation.

“The structure will free up staff to work more closely with their communities, encourage innovation and integration across the landscape and be more accountable to ratepayers.

Local Land Services will also provide greater opportunities to work with community-based natural resource management organisations like Landcare NSW and Greening Australia, as well as other co-funded organisations including the Rural Research and Development Corporations.”

The creation of Local Land Services builds on the recommendations of the 2011-2012 Independent Ryan Review of the Livestock Health and Pest Authorities (LHPA) and considers wide stakeholder consultation and feedback.

“Our primary industries sector is worth $9 billion and the NSW Government will continue to invest over $1 billion each year – but we need to ensure ratepayers get better value for money,” Ms Hodgkinson said.

“This is a fresh start for how the NSW Government provides advice and support for NSW farmers and landowners and I encourage people to participate in the process as we build Local Land Services.”

The NSW Natural Resources Commissioner Dr John Keniry AM will Chair a Reference Panel to oversee the construction of the new Local Land Services.

Executive Director of the Australian Farm Institute Mick Keogh will work alongside Dr Keniry with a specific role to engage industry, community and stakeholder groups in the process.

Local Land Serviceswill be operational in January 2014. Throughout the development phase farmers and landholders will still be able to access existing services from DPI, LHPAs and CMAs.


Don’t ask me questions about this (media release above): you know as much as I do. You may have heard it on the radio (e.g. the Country Hour on ABC?) about the same time we were advised by email.

Currently LHPAs raise their own revenue through local ratepayers (landholders), and CMAs receive revenue from federal and state governments. Agriculture NSW’s (a part of NSW DPI) revenue comes from Treasury (a bit over 50%?) and the rest from external sources.



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