Evidence mounting for
targeted worm treatment in sheep
Evidence is mounting that selective treatment of adult sheep to control worms can work under south east Australian conditions and help prevent the build-up of drench resistance, following the completion of year one of a two-year field trial.
A producer demonstration site near Hamilton led by veterinary parasitologist Dr Ian Carmichael from SARDI and supported by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and the South West Prime Lamb Group, is a continuation of eight years of work under the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC).
“Targeted Treatment is the broad concept that worm control can be relaxed in sheep able to tolerate worms, namely adult ewes in good condition,” Dr Carmichael said.
“The concept is not new and was developed by the Sheep CRC in Australia with extensive field trials in Western Australia and South Australia.
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