Worm Egg Counts for Queensland Sheep Producers – the way forward

  Queensland sheep producers understand the importance of: regular Worm Egg Counting (WEC) and monitoring, identifying what specific worms are present, and knowing which drenches are working on your property with regular Drench Resistance testing. With the closure of the Queensland Government Wormbuster Laboratory, there have been many people querying who else provides these services … Read more

Understanding your wool test results

Dear Leading Sheep Member, Understanding your wool test results allows you to get the best price possible for your wool. As members of the Leading Sheep South West Regional Coordinating Committee recently noted, ‘No longer can you afford, if you ever could, to simply harvest and sell your wool. You have to look carefully at … Read more

Bad drenching advice can be expensive!

Leading Sheep have been informed that some sheep drench retailers have been recommending drenching sheep every 6 weeks. This is labour intensive, wasteful, expensive, guaranteed to select for increased levels of drench resistance in the worm population resident on your property and if drenches are used for which the worm population is currently resistant, your … Read more

New MerinoSelect Indexes

Many Queensland sheep producers have been lucky enough to attend the recent RamSelect days held at a variety of locations across Queensland including the most recent at Stanthorpe that was largely organised by Leading Sheep South Consultative Committee member Bruce Toms and featured the Dohne breed. If you have not had the opportunity and would … Read more

Sheep Wet Season Alert

After the rains comes the pestilence and pains… Sheep producers are now in their second, third or even their fourth good summer season in a row, following the recent high rainfalls and floods. Some issues for sheep producers to keep an eye on are: ram fertility and impacts for joining, fly strike and worms risk, … Read more

Flystrike & Lice Alert

Timely Tips for Spring/Summer 2011 Given the high probability of above average long-term rainfall and the continuing La Niña conditions, producers need to watch out for conditions favouring high flystrike risk. It is best to be prepared well ahead of time so you don’t get caught out. During high fly periods, chemical availability and supplies … Read more

Nutrition & Worm Alert

Here are some timely tips about nutrition and worms for the spring and summer of 2011.  Key points covered include: feed your ewes prior to lambing and during lactation ram preparation before joining is critical  – feed 2 months prior to joining do a NIRS test on your pasture make sure you check for worms … Read more