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01 May 2024

May seasonal focus

Rain across eastern states prolongs the worm season.

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April seasonal focus

Livestock producers across the liver fluke regions in eastern Australia use April as a chance to get on top of liver flukes in their flocks and herds.

March seasonal focus

Parasites rob beef producers of economic returns Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) released figures this week on red meat earnings for 2023, with a total reported value of A$17.08 billion. […]

ParaBoss: Leading the Charge in Parasite Management for Livestock Producers

In a landscape where effective parasite management is crucial, ParaBoss has emerged as a pivotal ally for producers seeking sustainable solutions. Over the past three years, ParaBoss has actively engaged […]

February seasonal focus

Seasonal conditions have been variable since our last seasonal focus, and there has been a strong turn around for many. Others are not so lucky to have received sufficient rainfall as evident in the January rainfall decile chart from the Bureau of meteorology.

El Niño: What is it, and how can livestock producers prepare for its effects?

The Bureau of Meteorology (The Bureau) has officially declared both an El Niño and positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD).

November seasonal focus

Our monthly seasonal focus from the ParaBoss extension team

October seasonal focus

Our monthly seasonal focus from the ParaBoss extension team

Resistant parasites: update on the threat to livestock

Resistance to chemicals used against all the major parasites of economic and welfare importance to ruminant producers has been found in Australia and is increasing.

September seasonal focus

Our monthly seasonal focus update from ParaBoss extension team.

Managing Lice in Sheep: From Inspection to Treatment

Sheep with lice are like a dog with fleas- they scratch, rub, bite, and itch but they can't get rid of them!

August Seasonal Focus

Our monthly seasonal focus update with Megan Rogers.

July Seasonal Focus

Our monthly seasonal focus update with Megan Rogers.

The Next Generation Solution for Lice-Free Sheep

Fluralaner is given as an oral drench and does not leave detectable residue in the fleece.

ParaBoss Technical Committee

The Committee ensures the content provided to industry is independent, proven and practical.

June Seasonal Focus

Our monthly seasonal focus with Megan Rogers.

Vector-Borne Diseases: JEV and LSD 

Among the problems that flying insects can bring to your stock are some extremely unwanted passengers: Emergency Animal Disease (EADs). 

Managing Worms in Dairy Goats with Zero Grazing

Monitoring goats with worm egg counts periodically and ensuring that the feedlot area is kept clean by removing old feed and forage will be essential for success.

National Sheep Health Monitoring Project Sheds Light on Top Conditions Affecting the Industry

The 2021-22 NSHMP Annual Report analyses the data collected throughout the year, providing valuable insights into the top conditions.

Diagnosing and Dealing With Drench Resistance

Drench resistance, also known as Anthelmintic Resistance (AR), is caused by internal parasites developing inherited tolerance to drenches.

Healthy Goats – Using Management Tools to Create Healthy Goat Herds

Long-term worm control relies on a suite of tools to achieve ‘next level’ healthy goat herds.

May Seasonal Focus

Our monthly seasonal focus with Megan Rogers.

Meet Our Three ParaBoss Course Winners – Steph Nielsen, Lara Caelli and Lisa Chandler!

ParaBoss Certificate in Sheep Parasite Management winners.

‘Next-level’ worm control for healthy goat herds

Goat producers around Australia are grappling with worms this year. The reason?

Combatting Lice in Sheep and Goats: A Look Into LiceBoss Tools

The LiceBoss tools are designed to assist you with the management and eradication of lice within your production system.

Resistance in Cattle Ticks

Resistance is common in cattle ticks and is a critical cause of production loss and death of northern cattle.

April Seasonal Focus

Our monthly seasonal focus with Megan Rogers.

The Good and the Bad- Resistance in Cattle, Goats and Sheep and their Parasites

Here we examine the reasons why parasites develop resistance to chemicals, and what we can do to out-think them.

Lungworm Diagnosis and Prevention in Goats

Lungworms in goats cause significant disease in Australia and can occasionally lead to death.

March Seasonal Focus

Our monthly seasonal focus with Megan Rogers.

Win a FREE Enrolment!

Kick start the new year with a chance to win a free enrolment in the ParaBoss Certificate in Sheep Parasite Management!

Summer Worm Problems in Cattle, Goats, and Sheep

Worms are active all year round. But some worms really love warm wet weather.

Parasites That Thrive After Floods

After floods, some parasites take advantage of the wet conditions to spread on pastures and infest livestock.

February Seasonal Focus

Our monthly seasonal focus update with Megan Rogers.

December Seasonal Focus

Our monthly seasonal focus update with Megan Rogers.

Mozzies in Sheep- How to Prevent?

Although many types of chemicals are used to kill lice and fly in sheep, mosquitoes require a different approach because a repellent, not an insecticide, is required.

Meet the Current Certified WEC QA Providers

The ParaBoss WEC QA Program continues to demonstrate its value by identifying businesses that can demonstrate proficiency, and with the current challenging worm control conditions, accurate WEC results are more important than ever!

Why Don’t We Have Any New Products?

Registering a product is a long and convoluted process. This is because livestock are classed as ‘food-producing animals’ and regulators need to be satisfied that as well as safety for the animals treated, there is no risk of any residues in meat or milk products that could impact human health.

November Seasonal Focus

Our monthly seasonal focus update with Megan Rogers.

Ticks, Worms, Flies, and Lice Get the Boot with Website Upgrade

The website has been given a major overhaul to make it easier than ever for producers to find accurate and trusted information about managing pesky parasites.

Flystrike Management is Not a ‘One Size Fits All’ Approach

Gaining an improved understanding on the Australian sheep blowfly lifecycle and its requirements helps further understand when our livestock are most at risk.

Predator or Prey? The Sneaky Life Cycle That Makes Hydatids Such a Deadly Parasite

In Australia, hydatids is both a meat quality and public health issue due to risk of infection in people.

October Seasonal Focus

Our monthly seasonal focus update with Megan Rogers.

Weaner Worm Control and Summer Drenching 

Weaners are vulnerable to worm infections as their natural immunity, which protects them against worms, doesn’t develop until about 12-18 months of age.

Suck? Or Bite? It Makes a Big Difference for Cattle Lice. 

Cattle lice are common on beef properties across Australia. If all cattle are treated with an effective treatment at the same time, lice can be eliminated from a mob and a whole property.

Breeding for Worm Resistance in Goats

Breeding for worm resistance is a component of an integrated approach to managing worms. The most effective worm control programs integrate multiple techniques, as opposed to relying on just one (such as drenching) to combat worms.  So, where do you start?

Tips to Gain an Upper Hand on This Spring’s Parasite Party

We expect that worms and flystrike will cause major animal health issues in sheep in most areas, goats are already being hammered by worms and that flies and ticks will be a problem for cattle.

September Seasonal Focus

Our monthly seasonal focus update with Megan Rogers.

Long-Acting Worm Treatments- the Good, the Bad and the Ghastly

Use of long-acting formulations should be considered when other methods of worm control (paddock management, mob management, short-acting treatments) are not appropriate.

Chemical Resistance and Flystrike – What You Need To Know This Season

Chemical Resistance is when a chemical that was previously effective at killing a population of flies is no longer as effective as before.

Why are Lice Such a PEST?

Lice are spread entirely by direct contact between animals. When treating for lice, it is important to treat all animals of that species on a property at the same time.

August seasonal focus

Our monthly seasonal focus update with Megan Rogers.

Diagnosing parasites: What tests work best for worms??

Livestock producers have several ways to check for worms, but some tests are better than others. We put the different options under the microscope and ranked the common methods to see how they compare.

Zoonotic Diseases in Livestock

Zoonotic diseases are characterised by their ability to spread between animals and humans either through direct contact or contaminated material. There are many important zoonotic diseases in livestock which are caused by parasites and non-parasitic vectors such as viruses. 

Grazing Management as a Tool for Worm Control

Grazing management is an effective tool to help reduce the number of eggs being deposited onto pasture and the number of larvae being ingested by livestock.

Tackle the Rise of Resistant Worms in Cattle

Drench-resistant worms. If it’s something you suspect your cattle may have, you’re not alone! The landscape of drench resistance in Australia is changing and with a predicted monster of a worm season ahead, it’s something you need to act on now.

Cattle Ticks – Autumn Clean Up

Recent wet season rains over the north of Australia provide ideal conditions for development and survival of cattle ticks and their larvae. This means that springtime could pose a serious risk to cattle unless producers clean up tick numbers this autumn.

Did My Stock Get Sick From Coxie?

You hear a lot of talk about ‘Coxie’ causing disease in livestock. This parasite, more formally called ‘coccidiosis’, affects young sheep, cattle and goats, plus a range of other animal species, including pigs and chooks. As well as death and sickness, Coxie can slow growth rates in young stock.

Nuisance Flies of Cattle

Flies have been around since Bill Peach’s portly rambles through the outback (mid 1970’s for those with milk teeth) waving his hands and Akubra at the incessant irritation. Buffalo fly (Haematobia irritans exigua) is the major cause of “fly worry” in the tropical and pastoral zone cattle industry. Its impact and control are well described on industry websites (e.g., MLA, and Flyboss).

Preparing Low-Risk Paddocks for Sheep

‘Low risk lambing paddocks’- we throw this term around a lot but what does it actually mean? Now is a good time to start thinking about getting your lambing paddocks prepared for a Spring lambing.

Headaches Continue for Sheep Parasite Management

With many sheep producing areas across Australia experiencing ongoing wetter-than-average seasonal conditions, headaches continue in terms of managing worm burdens and blowflies. Read up on our best practice tips & tricks at FlyBoss.com.au.

Theileria Infection- the Hidden Killer of Australian Cattle

Summer/Autumn is peak risk time for disease caused by Theileria orientalis in cattle and this year conditions are ideal for its spread. Learn how to identify, treat and prevent bush ticks with Tick.Boss.com.au.

Seasonal Outlook for Livestock Parasites in Summer-Autumn 2022

La Nina weather patterns over the Pacific Ocean have brought a wet summer to eastern Australia, with rainfall over the spring and summer causing flooding and havoc for cereal harvests. Discover the forecast for worms, ticks, lice and flies for this coming season in the full article.

July Seasonal Focus

Our monthly seasonal focus update with Megan Rogers.

June Seasonal Focus

Our monthly seasonal focus update with Megan Rogers.

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