In this issue:
- Dr Sawford on horse worms
- Australian bat lyssavirus
- Are you interested in Veterinary Parasitology? -A/Prof Woodgate, CSU
- Flock and Herd Health – 2017 Autumn edition of case studies
- Value of NSW extensive livestock industries
- NSW DPI scientists
- NSW DPI and Postie Bike Challenge
- Australian Wool Supply Chain
- Farm Biosecurity – some resources
- Zoonoses – animal diseases that can infect people
- Cost of pest animals in Australia
- Animal Health Australia – new biannual publication
- National Ag Day – 21 st November
- VetLinkSQL – interesting apps, for a vet
- How to Check Whether Your Web Connections are Secure
Dr Sawford on horse worms
Back in 2015, I did a summary of the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) guidelines regarding horse worm control, which are quite a change from the bad old days when every horse (apart, perhaps, from those extensively grazed) was treated frequently/regularly, regardless. (The old approach to horse worm control was to kill S. vulgaris worms before they could produce eggs and contaminate pasture. This required treatment every two months (it took ~ 2 months for eggs to reappear after treatment).
My summary is on the long side, a bit like Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’. Here it is: https://wormmailinthecloud.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/wrml-2015-03-12-get-up-to-date-on-horse-worms-other/
With permission, I here attach a PDF version of Dr Kate Sawford’s PowerPoint on horse worms. The section on worms begins ~ page 5. Kate is the LLS District Veterinarian located at Braidwood, NSW. Sawford Kate – worm control horses 201611 – horse days 1
Being a PowerPoint presentation, it is necessarily cryptic in places, but still very useful. For more info, you can see my summary of the AAEP guidelines, or the guidelines themselves. I think Kate’s summary is good/helpful, not least for mature persons such as myself with declining mental acuity and attention span.
Australian bat lyssavirus – information for the public
More information on flying foxes (thank-you, JL): http://www.nwc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Flying_Fox_Article_June2010.pdf
Lyssavirus (from the Greek λύσσα lyssa “rage, fury, rabies” and the Latin vīrus). Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyssavirus
(Friends in Armidale now have a camp of several hundred flying foxes in the trees in their backyard).
Are you interested in Veterinary Parasitology?
From A/Professor Dr Rob Woodgate, CSU Wagga Wagga:
“The School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Charles Sturt University, in
Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, is looking for two exceptional candidates to
undertake two new and exciting research projects.
Both candidates will be expected to enrol in and complete a Doctor of
Philosophy or Doctor of Veterinary Studies at CSU.
One project will investigate the impact on industry and diagnosis and control of
Fasciola hepatica in Australian sheep and cattle.
The other project involves a multi-institution collaboration that could
revolutionise the control of gastrointestinal helminths of Australian livestock.
It is envisaged that a tax free annual stipend of at least $35,000 plus
accompanying operating funds will be available for up to three and a half years
for each project.
Both projects include excellent opportunities for industry and international
research collaboration and possibly international travel.
Considerable mentoring and support will be provided for both positions, and
both candidates will also be involved in commercial veterinary parasitology
diagnostic work within the CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
Potentially interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr Rob
Woodgate (email@example.com or 0477 431 045) for additional information.”
Flock and Herd Health – 2017 Autumn edition of case studies
Case studies from Local Land Services District Vets, oft in cooperation with vet. pathologists from DPI (notably Dr Erika Bunker, formerly of DPI). Interesting.
In this issue: Bacterial meningitis in a ram; high prevalence mild dermatophilosis (lumpy wool) in unweaned merino lambs following a wet spring; ovine segmental axonopathy in two fine wool merino flocks; phalaris sudden death in lambs; two outbreaks of scabby mouth (orf infection) in small ruminants on the Central Tablelands of NSW.
Value of NSW extensive livestock industries
“The NSW cattle herd totals 5.6 million head (21% of national); from 24,662 farm businesses (37% of national) with a total gross value (2015 calendar year) of $2.92 billion (20% of national). Nationally, a further 76,860 staff are employed in beef enterprises, and 53,200 staff are employed in the meat processing sector.
The annual value of the NSW sheep and lamb industry (2015 calendar year), excluding wool is $753.6 million (23% of the $3.29 billion national industry). The annual value of the NSW Wool clip (2015 calendar year) is $890 million (33% of the $2.67 billion national clip). With 27 abattoirs in NSW, 7,568 people are employed and average daily kill of sheep in June 2015 was 33,425.
Nationally, the value of goat meat and exports in 2015-16 grew to $236.7 million, an increase of 76% since 2010-11. NSW goat production underpins this export industry – it is estimated that at least 68% of goats being processed in eastern Australia are sourced from NSW. In 2016, there were 5.8 million goats in the central and western NSW aerial survey monitoring zone, which covers approximately 450,000 km2.
Overall in NSW, approximately 21,000 farms are involved in livestock production for meat and wool.” Source: NSW DPI.
NSW DPI scientists
“DPI researchers represent the largest primary industry research group in Australia. Covering more than 50 disciplines, they have earned a reputation for scientific excellence, being ranked in the top 1% of research institutes in agricultural science and in plant and animal science globally.” Source: Dr Philip Wright, Chief Scientist, NSW DPI.
NSW DPI and Postie Bike Challenge
One of the senior managers (Kate Lorimer-Ward*) in DPI Agriculture completed the recent Postie Bike Challenge. http://www.postiebikechallenge.org/
The 2017 event was a trip of extremes, heading west from Brisbane, then passing through the dry, arid and hot landscape of White Cliffs. Roads varied from sealed roads to gravel outback roads, some deeply corrugated for miles, with sandy ridges and bulldust and grit added for good measure. The weather ranged from hot and dry, to cold and wet. For even more variety, riders traversed snow covered mountains later in the event, prior to the final stage through scenic rainforests to finish in Melbourne.
3000 kms in 10 days.
* A/ Deputy Director General, DPI Agriculture, NSW Department of Primary Industries.
Australian Wool Supply Chain
PDF: Australian Wool Supply Chain 20171024085535 Source: AWI
Farm Biosecurity – some resources
Some resources on biosecurity, in no particular order:
What is biosecurity? From LBN and ‘Farm Biosecurity’:
“Biosecurity is the management of risks to the economy, the environment, and the community, of pests and diseases entering, emerging, establishing or spreading.
Biosecurity can be implemented off-shore, at the border and on-farm. By implementing the recommended measures in your day-to-day operations, you will improve your own biosecurity and that of your region, while minimising production losses and unnecessary costs.”
(No doubt this definition can be tweaked in different ways, just like the definition of ‘zoonosis’)
Happily biosecurity experts these days are less inclined to overlook the ‘quiet achievers’, parasites, which, more often than not, are ranked number one among health issues affecting grazing livestock.
Zoonoses – animal diseases that can infect people
Some references to get you started:
NSW DPI: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/animal/humans << Good stuff!
Merck Vet Man: http://www.merckvetmanual.com/public-health/zoonoses/zoonotic-diseases <<Also good, and has a global perspective
A key message on prevention: minimise risk, with basic hygiene being very important. eg see: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/animal/humans/general-information/zoonoses-transmission
Cost of pest animals in Australia
Animal Health Australia – new biannual publication
“AHA is launching a new bi-annual publication and we would love to feature your work!
“The publication will include the latest agricultural and animal health news and showcase the achievements of AHA and our Members and stakeholders. If you have an article about your work, research or innovations in animal health, a personal profile or opinion piece, we would love to see it!”
National Ag Day – 21 st November
https://www.agday.org.au/ ” All told, agriculture employs more than 1.6 million Australians – in jobs like retail, logistics, technology and science. There’s much more to the story of Australian farming than meets the eye. Get the facts about Aussie agriculture here: https://www.agday.org.au/farm-facts “
VetLinkSQL – interesting apps, for a vet
They are a Kiwi company: http://www.vetlinksql.com/
Maybe I am being nice to our trans-Tasman cousins seeing the Wallabies beat the All Blacks recently (21.10.17) 🙂
How to Check Whether Your Web Connection’s Secure
Named after JHW Mules, 1876-1946, South Australian sheep raiser who first practised this procedure’ – Macquarie Dictionary. Also see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulesing
Not to be confused with ‘muesling’ (Swiss German), the act of eating muesli (often with milk), which is not known to prevent flystrike (myiasis), despite the various magical properties of this breakfast food. Indeed muesling in humans may actually predispose to flystrike, if one is severely lactose intolerant. Muesling in sheep may also have untoward consequences, due to the possibility of ruminal acidosis, and consequent diarrhoea (‘scouring’), and excoriation of the perineum. (Joke)
myia (Greek) = fly
MEANING: noun: Obscure, pompous, or incomprehensible language, such as bureaucratic jargon.
Coined by Milton A. Smith, assistant general counsel for the US Chamber of Commerce, in 1952. From baffle, perhaps from Scots bauchle (to denounce) + gab, perhaps of imitative origin. Source: A.Word.A.Day with Anu Garg. (Thanks, JL)
SL, Armidale NSW, 30 October 2017
e&oe. No conflicts of interest to declare.
31 October – 500th anniversary of The Reformation.