To WormMail mailing list. The NEW WormBoss is here – wormBoss.com.au
The new WormBoss was launched yesterday, 21 November 2012, seven years after WormBoss Mk I kicked off in 2005.
The new WormBoss website has new and improved features:
· regional worm control programs
· Drench Decision Guides
· drench searches
· stand-alone website
Yes, WormBoss has returned to its original home: www.wormboss.com.au
‘Worms information’ and ‘Tests and Tools’ have been updated and of course the monthly WormBoss News will continue with monthly and locally relevant updates and more feature articles.
WormBoss Worm Control Programs
Eight regional programs cover the main sheep production areas of Australia and were developed by local parasitologists, veterinarians, consultants and scientists with extensive knowledge and experience in sheep worm control.
Each program takes a ‘what to do and when to do it’ approach and deals with
* grazing management and preparation of low worm-risk paddocks
* breeding worm-resistant sheep
* when to WormTest and when to drench
* slowing development of drench resistance
The practical, proven and cost-effective strategies help you make a long-term worm control program for your property that puts you in control and not constantly reaching for a drench gun.
On the web site choose ‘Your Program’ from the main menu and then choose your region. There is a summary for each region plus pages on each topic. You can also download or print a full PDF copy of each program.
Drench Decision Guides
The Drench Decision Guides (DDGs) are based on an earlier guide created by Dr Lewis Kahn (the current WormBoss Team leader) and colleagues, but have been further developed by local experts as well as the national WormBoss Technical Team. The DDGs supplement the long-term programs by providing a day-to-day tool to help you decide:
* when a drench should be given
* what length of protection is warranted
* when to next WormTest the sheep or review the DDG again
There is a Drench Decision Guide for each of the eight WormBoss regions.
On the WormBoss home page, choose ‘Solve your current worm problem’, or choose the Drench Decision Guides button in the left menu on other pages.
New drench searches
“The right drench at the right time”.
The DDGs and the programs help you with timing, and the new drench search section – as well as information in the regional programs – helps you to choose the right drench.
How ‘WormBoss Drenches’ helps you choose a suitable drench: search by
* worm type and length of protection
* drench group, then active ingredient
* less important worms and other parasites
* drench product name
Most critical is knowing what drenches work on your property.
Do a DrenchTest every 2-3 years and DrenchCheck-Day10s in between times to keep tabs on how well your drenches are working. The most expensive drench is the one that doesn’t work.
The Tests and Tools section has step-by-step instruction on these tests and more.
Try out the new site and see how it can help you keep in control of worms
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We have tried to get the NEW WormBoss right before making it available. Inevitably however there will be glitches and mistakes. We want constructive feedback.
Please help us to make WormBoss even better by making use of the FeedBack link (Your Feedback) on the bottom of the front page. (But ‘trolls’ needn’t respond 🙂
The WormBoss Team
See: ‘Acknowledgements’ on home page.
The WormBoss Technical Team is made up of experts from all around Australia.
The wider team consists of many more advisors and contributors from all sectors, all around the country. Many thanks for your invaluable support and contributions. (See lists of contributors on the web page)
The founding/first team leader and pioneer was Arthur Le Feuvre. (Still actively involved. Recently turning 70 has not held him back). The original idea for WormBoss, as it came to be known, sprung from the minds of Arthur, Maxine Lyndal-Murphy, Deb Maxwell and others. (Another win for Queensland :-).
Arthur was succeeded by Rob Woodgate, formerly of the WA Department of Agriculture and Food, now with CSU Wagga Wagga
The current team leader is Lewis Kahn, A/Prof at UNE Armidale and also a consultant.
So, Team Leaders have come from three states. We are a democratic/inclusive bunch.
Brown Besier (WA Dept Ag) had an oversight role (CRC program manager or leader) throughout, as well as being actively involved at or near ground level (where the infective larvae are).
Financial and other support of course came from the Sheep CRC, an Australian Government initiative, including CRC member organisations/participants, and AWI as well as other organisations (Animal Health Australia, Elders, CRC, Landmark).
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