Sheep parasite survey open

SURVEY: Producers are being urged to participate in national Sheep Parasite Survey.
SURVEY: Producers are being urged to participate in national Sheep Parasite Survey.

Sheep producers are being urged to participate in a national survey that could change the way the industry manages parasites including worms, flies and lice.

The University of New England researchers launched AWI-funded survey.

The survey will assess the parasite control measures of sheep producers across Australia, focusing on worm, liver fluke, blowfly and lice control.

A survey of this type has not been performed since 2011 and sheep producers now have the opportunity to influence the future of parasite management, research and extension.

Australian Wool Innovation research general manager Dr Jane Littlejohn said the survey results would enable the industry to identify the important parasite management issues impacting sheep producers.

He said the results would also provide updated regional benchmarks for parasite control.

“The resulting benchmark will be available to sheep producers to then compare their management practices and, if necessary, make changes to their enterprises,” Dr Littlejohn said.

The results of the survey will also enable producers to fine tune their on-farm parasite control.

Internal and external parasites are the major disease problem of Australian sheep costing the industry about $715 million per year including $495 million in lost production and $220 million in costs of control. 

All sheep producers are encouraged to participate in the survey which opened on Tuesday, February 5.

For more information go to www.wool.com/paraboss.