To: WormMail list. (recip. undisclosed)
The January issue of WormFax is on-line.
For a summary of sheep WormTest results and explanatory notes see:
Over the last month, the eastern quarter of NSW, especially the north-eastern corner, has got above average rain, 150-200% of average in places. The rest of the state has tended to be below average rain wise. But the 2-3 months before that saw most of the state getting below average rain.
Worm eggs, not least Haemonchus (barber’s pole worm), prefers smaller falls frequently (e.g. 15 mm plus per week) rather than big falls once every blue moon. Much of the rain of late – for those areas getting it – has come as big falls with storms. However, with follow up rain, worms could become an issue more generally, despite the slow start to the season worm-wise.
Even though worm egg counts around the state have generally been low to moderate, there have been some flocks in many districts returning reasonably high egg counts – for example, WormTest averages up around a few thousand eggs per gram (usually but not always mostly Haemonchus), with some individual animals with counts up to 17,000.
So, while WECs might be generally low in your district, or on the property next door, you still might get caught with your pants down (so to speak).
As to liver fluke, there has been a decent smattering of positive tests for liver fluke eggs in the traditionally flukey districts. Perhaps sheep are moving into ‘flukey ‘areas on some farms chasing green pick if conditions have been dry.
In short – yes you’ve heard it before – Don’t guess, WormTest. You might avert a disaster, or you might save yourself some unnecessary drenching, and selection for drench resistance. And of course, if you do need to drench, do a DrenchCheck 10-14 days after the drench. And you’ve heard this before too: the most expensive drench is the one that doesn’t work.
Zoetis, formerly Pfizer Animal Health
Pfizer Animal Health is now Zoetis.
I am told that, from the beginning of March, Infopest will be available FREE on the web, supported by ads and sponsorship. No more DVDs or paid subscriptions.
When launched, you will need to go to www.infopest.com.au and log on with email and password. Labels, permits and MSDSs will be accessible; and continuously updated.
The actual launch date for the new platform has yet to be announced by GrowCom.
Another source of information on vet and ag chemicals: PUBCRIS at APVMA: www.apvma.gov.au
Of course WormBoss has a great drench database relating to sheep. www.wormboss.com.au