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TAS Country : August 4th 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011 Tasmanian Country 11 News Worms eat into profits CONTROL: Extend worm management after drenching for best results. 'We can't quantify how many producers are still using typical worm-control measures but we do know there is room for huge improvement' NEW research has found poor worm management is costing some sheep farmers twice as much this year because of the increased value of sheep meat and wool. A three-year project funded by the Sheep CRC carried out by postgraduate researcher Gareth Kelly in New South Wales found poor worm-control prac- tices in summer-rainfall areas cost farmers about $11 per breeding ewe. This was almost double the cost of $5.80 a head on farms using good integrated pest management strategies that extended beyond drenching. Mr Kelly said the findings reflected greater losses in production from high- er meat, wool and replacement ewe prices over the past three years, compared with relatively unchanged sheep-worm treatment costs of about $1.25 a head. The release of the research comes amid one of the worst years on record for worm control, the result of a wetter than normal summer and autumn across most of eastern Australia. And, as some parasites are able to survive the winter, experts are warn- ing of higher than normal worm burdens this spring. Worms cost Australian sheep pro- ducers more than any other disease in lost production. Mr Kelly recommended producers prepare spring lambing paddocks eith- er by keeping sheep off these paddocks or by grazing them with cattle during autumn. Lowering worm burdens in autumn would boost the effectiveness of drench- ing in spring. He said measuring worm burdens was also critical in managing the problem. Some 40 per cent of drenches used in high rainfall areas were ineffective and led to greater resistance. An integrated pest management that included testing and checking the effectiveness of chemical treatments and frequently rotating treatments would help to minimise drench-resistance and was the most economical solution to controlling sheep worms. While such a strategy may costs producers $1.25 a head to implement, it was well worth it, he said. ''We can't quantify how many pro- ducers are still using typical worm- control measures but we do know there is room for huge improvement, '' he said The research was carried out in Merino enterprises in NSW's New England region. Weekly Times Just when you thought owning a New Holland tractor couldn t get more rewarding... this month when you buy any current model TT -- T9000 tractor you ll receive very generous factory rebate$. To find out more contact your local New Holland dealer today. www.newholland.com You don t have to go far to get a great deal from New Holland Own a bright future
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