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TAS Country : September 30th 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010 Tasmanian Country 15 Stock Report RETINK: Simon Foster checking on his sheep on his mixed farming Cambell Town property. New strategy paying off in war on worms KAROLIN MacGREGOR Continued Page 20 A STRATEGIC approach to worm control is paying off for Simon and Penny Foster. The couple run a mixed farming operation on their on 7780ha prop- erty near Campbell Town which includes a breeding flock of 6300 ewes. Mr Foster has changed his worm program and now uses constant monitoring through faecal egg counts to determine the most effec- tive times to drench. Mr Foster said this monitoring system had seen them rethink their worm control program. ''We used to give two summer drenches going back 25 years ago and then we experimented with not doing that. Now we've come back around,'' Mr Foster said. Along with regular faecal egg tests, Mr Foster also does regular tests to determine the level of drench resist- ance in the flock which is now an essential part of the program. ''We've always monitored but we've increased the use of that tool and in more recent times we've moved to testing for drench resist- ance which we didn't use to do,'' he said, adding that moving to a sum- mer drench program has allowed them to reduce the amount of drenches they use at other times of the year. Mr Foster said the climate at Campbell Town, which was not a high summer rainfall area, was also an advantage when it came to worm- control issues. He said three dry winters on the property in recent years may have also helped them get the worm issue under control. ''I'm always looking over my shoulder saying, when's the problem coming, but so far so good,'' he said. As part of the program, the Fosters carefully monitor the weaner mobs with tests every four to six weeks and only drench when necessary. The ewes on the property are tested prior top lambing and given a pre-lambing drench if they need it. ''Usually it ends up that we drench at lamb-marking time and that con- stitutes the first summer drench for our ewes,'' Mr Foster said. The wethers on the property are also drench at that time. Mr Foster said he liked to keep up- to-date with the latest information on worm control and found the Wor- mBoss website a handy reference. All the faecal egg-testing is done at a local laboratory and Mr Foster works closely with his veterinary advisor, Paul Nilon. Mr Nilon said he received a copy of all the test results and decisions Mr Foster made on a day-to-day basis. ''His whole approach to parasite management is diligent and tight,'' Mr Nilon said. ''If he gets something out of left field he'll get me on to it.'' For advertising and enquiries contact: aNEW LO OKfor an OLD MATE ! Kerri Walsh p: 6230 0640 f: 6230 0766 e: firstname.lastname@example.org Tracey Wright p: 6230 0752 f: 6230 0766 e: email@example.com Publishing: Friday 15th October 2010 Booking deadline: 12pm Friday 8th October Material deadline: 5pm Tuesday 12th October The Tasmanian Country Newspaper invites you to participate in this major machinery promotion. This section will cover all types of farm machinery and equipment and is a timely opportunity for you to promote your products and services. We welcome editorial to accompany your advertising. Spring Machinery 2051125-100924 Understanding OJD Its impact, causes, & management An important SheepConnect --Tasmania seminar series for sheep producers Please RSVP to the TIAR Office at: 03 6336 5238 or email Lyndal.Oppermann@utas.edu.au Guest presenters: DPIPWE veterinarians; Bruce Jackson & Dr Debbie Grull Phil Jarvie -- Pfizer Sheep showing signs consistent with clinical OJD Time Venue 06-10-2010 1230 - 1600 RSL Club Sorell 07-10-2010 0900 - 1230 Dennistoun -- Bothwell 1400 - 1700 The Stables - Oatlands 08-10-2010 0930 -1300 The Grange -- Campbell Town 11-10-2010 1230 -- 1600 Gunnston - Waterhouse 12-10-2010 0900 -- 1230 The Happy Chef -- Longford 1400 - 1700 High Plains, 249 Weetah Rd Deloraine 13-10-2010 1200 - 1530 Elliot Research Station -- Conference room 14-10-2010 1200 - 1530 Gala Estates Cranbrook LOWER growth LOWER sale price LOWER fertility REJECTED by feedlots REJECTED by stud operator REJECTED for export GREATER hassle and treatment cost CAN YOU AFFO NOT TO VACCINATE? PINKEYE COSTS s RD NATE? $35 CASHBACK* WITH EVERY 100 mL PURCHASE * TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY For further information, please contact Customer Service on TOLL FREE 1800 226 511 IT S PINKEYE SEASON www.pinkeye.com.au PILIGUARD PINKEYE VACCINE FOR CATTLE P P
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