WRML: cattle and sheep worm ecology-JN Bailey’s summary plus Extras

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In this WRML: Summary of sheep and cattle worm ecology [Bailey], Questions asked by North Coast (NSW) producers on biosecurity , Extras: Vernal equinox, Cat parasite may remove mouse fear for good, Gorilla named Patrick evicted from Zoo and sent to therapy for sexist attitudes

Summary of sheep and cattle worm ecology

To celebrate (yesterday’s) equinox, attached (with permission) is a nice table summarising epidemiological information on a range of sheep and cattle worms.

This is from Dr Justin Bailey’s PhD thesis, 2008.

One of the satisfying things about my job is sharing useful but (otherwise) relatively inaccessible information on worms with a wider audience through WormMail.

I like this table (see attached): I hope you do too.

Questions asked by North Coast (NSW) producers on biosecurity

This from Matt Ball, with permission. This might be of interest:

“Last night (5 Sept., 2013) (we) were at a Cattle Producers forum organised in collaboration with Far North Coast weeds. Far North Coast Weeds focus is to get help with control of tropical soda apple and they are promoting the concept of why you should hold introduced cattle in a small paddock or yards for 7 days before release to wider farm. I gave a talk about why this was also a good idea for a range of animal biosecurity issues. Producers then had over an hour to ask anything they wanted about weeds or animal biosecurity. For your interest I summarise the questions on animal biosecurity. Gives some limited insight into producers focus on parasites etc.

Questions asked by producers
· Why does worm resistance develop?
· What would actually happen if FMD was diagnosed?
· Is it true that cattle would not be destroyed if FMD was diagnosed and you would vaccinate instead?
· Is it a good idea to buy a bull persistently infected with Pestivirus and put it in with your cows so they become exposed?
· Why would I use 7 in 1 vaccine versus using 5 in 1 vaccine?
· Should I use Pestivirus vaccine?
· Do we have orange type drenches for cattle?
· Does combination drenching mean that you give half the dose of each drench type?
· Is it important to remove the scrub on my farm?
· Will rotational grazing help reduce worm burdens?
· Can you guys help get consistent naming for chemicals we buy?
· Is it free to get LHPA services?
· Can you use vaccines again once opened them and vaccinated some animals?

Matthew Ball
Senior District Veterinarian
North Coast Livestock Health and Pest Authority”

By the way, don’t assume I know the answers to these questions.


Vernal equinox


September Equinox in Universal Coordinated Time was on
Sunday, 22 September 2013 at 20:44 UTC

Converted Time Armidale, New South Wales, Australia
6:44 AM AEST
Monday, 23 September 2013

the time or date (twice each year) at which the sun crosses the celestial equator, when day and night are of equal length (about 22 September and 20 March).
• another term for equinoctial point.

ORIGIN late Middle English: from Old French equinoxe or Latin aequinoctium, from aequi- ‘equal’ + nox, noct- ‘night’.

………. but not exactly 12 hours of daylight.. http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/equinox-not-equal.html

Cat parasite may remove mouse fear for good › News in Science (ABC Science) http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2013/09/19/3851339.htm

Gorilla named Patrick evicted from Dallas Zoo and sent to therapy for sexist attitudes: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-24/patrick-the-male-gorilla-to-have-therapy-for-sexist-attitude/4976936

JL: thank-you for your contribution to this newsletter. 🙂



Bailey J-worm ecology table plus all references from pHd Thesis 2008.pdf


WRML: Graham Centre Wagga NSW Sheep and Beef Cattle forums on YouTube etc

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In recent months the Graham Centre (CSU Wagga / NSW DPI) have put on Sheep and Beef Cattle Forums.

Go here to see the list of videos:


Here is the link to the Graham Centre website: http://www.csu.edu.au/research/grahamcentre/

The links to info on the Sheep and Beef forums/field days (incl PDF copies of presentations)





WRML: Wormboss – Black Scour Worm Alert for Tasmania

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My apologies to those who have already got this because they are smart, well-informed and organised and are already subscribed to WormBoss News. http://www.wormboss.com.au/

This is our (the WormBoss Team’s) first alert/bulletin, which is in addition to the regular WormBoss News. (Many thanks to Janelle Holzberger of the Sheep CRC / UNE.edu.au, and author: Paul Nilon).

This first alert will go to all WormBoss News subscribers, but in future state-based alerts, as this one is, will probably just go to those in the appropriate state, at least for who have given sufficient address information (‘state’ presumably) when they subscribed.

If you want to check or update your subscription details, you hit the subscribe button on the front page of WormBoss (or Paraboss) and that takes you to ‘new’ or ‘existing’ subscriber options.

If you have forgotten your user-name and /or password, as I did, you can recover it if you remember the email address you used to subscribe (somehow I remembered this, despite email address changes with changes of government and/or government structures. We are moving targets).

All this works fine in up-to-date browsers, but I can tell you the appearance is a bit wonky in older browsers eg. Internet Explorer 8 (which I am required to use for corporate reasons). It’s in your interests to keep your browser up to date if only for security reasons apart from functionality. Current versions of Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer (in alphabetical order) are all pretty good, as is Safari (and Chrome or Firefox) for Mac/Apple users. If you are worried about privacy when searching, you might try Startpage.

If this alert (see below) which I have forwarded is not working properly/looking good, it’s because of this email client I am using (Lotus Notes), not WormBoss! The previous WormBoss website was dog ugly, but the new one is great. (Actually I think most dogs look quite good).

Maybe I will repeat some of the links you need in case the alert below is ‘mucked up’ by Lotus Notes:

To view this alert on-line: http://www.wormboss.com.au/news/newsletters/1378860447.php

To read Paul Nilon’s article: http://www.wormboss.com.au/news/articles/worms-and-other-parasites/black-scour-worm-alert-for-tasmania.php

Even if you are not a Taswegian, this is worth reading. There is a nice photo, and Dr Nilon has a great and colourful writing style. Plus he knows his stuff, even though he may have compromised his independence by aligning himself with the makers of White King. (White King as a parasiticide???!!! 😉

This is one of the things that makes WormBoss great: those contributing to WormBoss, including WormBoss Monthly News (and bulletins /alerts) are ‘Local (Worm) Heroes’: they know their stuff, and they know their patch (and farther afield).

To change your subscription options please visit http://www.wormboss.com.au/subscriptions.php

Meanwhile I am meant to be working on my WorkPlan, but WormMail/WormBoss is much more fun. (It’s OK: my boss is a top bloke and he can’t read 🙂




PS Have you heard about Paraboss? Go here: http://www.paraboss.com.au/ This site covers the three top health issues of sheep in Australia (internal and external parasites).

‘Over-loaded with information? Do yourself a favour: drop off your other subscriptions, and keep WormBoss/ParaBoss. 🙂

WRML. WormFaxNSW.2013-07

To: WormMail list (recip. undisclosed) WormFaxNSW.2013-07

The latest results ((sheep) WormTest summary-NSW) are now online.


Info on WormFax: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/aboutus/resources/periodicals/newsletters/wormfax

Info on everything else (worms, life, the universe etc): www.wormboss.com.au, or enter via www.paraboss.com.au

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