Farmers discuss parasite management in Boorowa

Farmers at the event in Boorowa.
Farmers at the event in Boorowa.

With summer drenching season upon us, leading animal health company Virbac Australia has just completed a roadshow which stopped at Boorowa, educating producers on parasite management.

A special focus during the roadshow was the importance of an effective summer drenching program and current drench resistance levels in the Yass, Boorowa, Euroa, Ballarat and Hamilton regions.

Virbac's Target Sheep initiative is aimed at optimising the health and performance of livestock at three key stages of the production cycle; pre-joining, pre-lambing and marking/weaning.

The roadshow focused on how to increase productivity by managing worm resistance with an effective drench program.

The Target Sheep events bring together industry experts, veterinarians and producers to improve on-farm productivity and profitability through leading animal health management practices and industry benchmarks.

Key speakers at this weeks events included Veterinary Parasitology Consultant, Dr Tim Elliott and Virbac Australia Area Sales Manager's, Emily Fowler, Matthew Grylls and Rod Evans.

Around 20 local sheep producers attended the Boorowa event, and Brad Smith from Neringah Farm described his local event as a very informative day.

"I find it concerning that there will be no new drench actives being released in the near future and therefore appreciated Dr Tim Elliot's emphasis on the importance of drench selection and conducting regular worm egg counts," he said.

With summer storms becoming a common occurrence in the Boorowa region, Emily Fowler explained now is not the time to be complacent in worm management programs.

"Summer storm events are breeding pools for barbers pole worm and liver fluke," she said.

"We encouraged all attendees to continue monitoring their sheep and carry out regular worm egg tests as well as be aware of the resistance levels on their farm as no two farms are the same.

"Hopefully this has been a useful discussion for our local producers, and it's given them some useful information to now go out and act on."