To WormMail list (recipients (~ 400). undisclosed)
The latest issue of WormFax has been published to the NSWDPI website.
See: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/aboutus/resources/periodicals/newsletters/wormfax for results, notes and maps.
Some of the higher average egg counts for WormTests around the traps (NSW):
Central North: weaners. 7320 eggs per gram of faeces (epg). No larval culture.
Armidale. Ewes. 3272 epg. 100% Haemonchus.
Northern New England. Hoggets. 4220 epg. 82% Haemonchus, 18% Trichostrongylus.
Central West. Ewes. 3760 epg. 100% Haemonchus.
Lachlan. Rams. 2404 epg. 100% Haemonchus.
(Parts of central and southern NSW have had an excellent autumn, unlike much of northern NSW which has had continuing dry conditions since winter last year, or longer).
Riverina. Weaners. 1592 epg. No culture.
South East. Weaners. 3240 epg. 100% Haemonchus.
Tablelands Local Land Services region. Rams. 6160 epg. 100% Haemonchus.
Goulburn. Weaners. 3600 epg. 96% Haemonchus.
Mudgee. Weaners. 4400 epg. 100% Haemonchus.
Hunter. Ewes. 7604 epg. 100% Haemonchus.
Moss Vale. Lambs. 5720 epg. 99% Haemonchus.
Still very dry in parts
Parts of northern NSW and Qld continue their protracted dry spell.
What an odd word, when meaning, in Australia at least, an anthelmintic (oral, and also topical or injectable), or the process of giving same to livestock, but not so much companion animals (cats, dogs) where the expressions ‘wormer’ (noun) and ‘worm’ (verb) tend to be used instead.
Otherwise drench means to ‘thoroughly wet’ (see excerpt from the Macquarie Dictionary below).
As to the unusual meaning of the word used in an animal husbandry context in some countries, the clue seems to come from older meanings of the word and to the word’s etymology:
/drɛntʃ/ (say drench)
verb (t) 1. to wet thoroughly; steep; soak: garments drenched with rain; swords drenched in blood.
2. Archaic to cause to drink.
3. Veterinary Science to administer a draught of medicine to (an animal), especially by force: to drench a horse.
–noun 4. the act of drenching.
5. something that drenches: a drench of rain.
6. a preparation for drenching or steeping.
7. Obsolete a large drink or draught.
8. a draught of medicine, especially one administered to an animal by force.
[Middle English drenche(n), Old English drencan, causative of drincan drink] –drencher, noun
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