Victoria worms, flies and lice update - August 2017


Hamilton: Andrew Whale, Livestock Logic (a.whale@livestocklogic.com.au)
Livestock Logic advises that:

worms are now at moderate levels in the south west
Spring is the time when stock performance should be good due to good nutrition but it can be compromised by sub-clinical worm burdens across all ages of stock

Livestock Logic Recommends that:

to maximise stock performance use egg counts to ensure target weight gains are achieved
the frequency of monitoring should be reduced to 3 weeks for weaners and 4–5 weeks for mature stock

The last few weeks in August have brought some more typical south west winter conditions with some good rainfall and some wind. It was mostly welcome rain as having a full moisture profile heading into spring gives producers great confidence. Early reports from lamb marking are that most producers are up 10-15% on last year mostly due to the awesome autumn break and kind weather in June and July.
September is still too early for flies to be a problem in our region, but we are getting asked plenty of questions regarding lice. 
Lice, always a difficult issue. If you have a new burden of lice it has likely come from sheep purchases and/or stray sheep, and it is likely that that same route of infection will occur again on your property this season. So biosecurity measures are the first thing that should be questioned if you are continually seeing lice on your sheep. But do review your treatment protocols, as apparently new burdens may, in fact, be ineffective treatment last shearing.
We continue to see the benefits of good nutrition this year because even though worm levels (egg counts) have been relatively consistent with other years (see below) we have not seen the mortality events typically seen over winter. However, those mobs that have not been monitored will have had reduced production.