The quick quiz
This 4-question quick quiz tests your knowledge of sheep and goat parasites and their control.
1. Under what conditions do significant numbers of scour worm eggs develop to larvae?
2. After what age can scoring for fleece rot be done, and with what minimum growth (months) of wool?
3. When dipping ewes for lice before lambing, how many weeks before lambing should dipping ideally take place and why that time?
4. Under what conditions are goats most likely to exhibit illness from coccidiosis?
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Barber's pole worm alert
Some regions have had frequent, good rain throughout summer—better than in most years. Anywhere in the country with these conditions can expect a high chance of problems from barber's pole worm this autumn.
Reports of rapid escalation of worms are now being heard—sheep look fine one week and severe illness is occurring the next. WormTest and visually check mobs more often for the next month or so if you have experienced a wetter than normal summer.
State Outlooks for April 2017
Good seasons have producers checking for worms, flies and lice as many of these parasites are once again prevalent due to the favourable weather conditions.