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WormFaxNSW – April 2014
WormFax is a monthly round-up of sheep WormTest results from two of the major labs in the state.
The latest edition – and explanatory notes – is online.
Don’t guess, WormTest. See http://www.wormboss.com.au/tests-tools/tests/checking-a-mob-of-sheep-for-worms.php
Once you have a WormTest result, see the Drench Decision Guide for your area. See http://www.wormboss.com.au/tests-tools/management-tools/drench-decision-guide.php
If/when you drench: do you know it was effective???: See http://www.wormboss.com.au/tests-tools/tests/checking-for-drench-resistance.php
The most expensive drench is the one that doesn’t work.
Breeding for resistance best insurance against worms
Excerpt: "According to Executive Officer of the WormBoss program, Dr Lewis Kahn, sheep breeders selecting better grown sheep are indirectly selecting for worm ‘resilience’ but this does not improve worm ‘resistance’ because they are separate traits.
“Resilient sheep are those that grow and perform well despite infection from parasitic worms, whereas resistant sheep have a lower level of worm infection because of a better immune response,” Dr Kahn said.
“Resilience is difficult to measure because it is the difference in production between worm-free sheep and when the same sheep are infected. It represents the cost of worm infection not the animal’s ability to resist infection." "
Practical profitable sheep programs win major awards
Excerpt: ‘The Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) has scooped the pool, winning two major research awards and being short-listed for a third at the 2014 CRC Association Awards last night.
The Sheep CRC received the CRC Program’s Star Award for high-level engagement with small and medium size businesses through its highly successful programs ‘Managing Scanned Ewes’, and the award for Excellence in Innovation for the ‘RamSelect’ initiative, both of which have resulted in dramatic uptake of new research and major improvements to industry productivity.’
And, regarding Managing Scanned Ewes and RamSelect, NSW DPI led the development of both, and were significant players in the delivery of them nationally.
Champion athletes – NSW DPI
Pasted below is a piece from MaxExpress, a DPI internal newsletter:
Triathletes Jess Richards (Orange) and Tracy Lamb (Cowra) are both in the Sheep Unit. (Greg is in Biosecurity).
Last year Jess, while in the final stages of her PhD, represented Australia at the Hawaiian Ironman in Kona.
The Sheep Unit has a number of other athletes as well (cyclists (e.g. Russell and Meckiff), runners, swimmers etc).
And also rugby players e.g. Gordon Refshauge of Cowra got a big write up in the Cowra newspaper recently for outstanding performances in rugby.
(Voted number one by parasitologists everywhere)
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