ParaBoss is designed as an integrated national program providing best practice advice for managing sheep parasites in different environments in Australia.  It is the umbrella for the three flagship programs: WormBoss, FlyBoss and LiceBoss. To visit ParaBoss click here.

WormBoss, FlyBoss and LiceBoss will continue to operate as stand alone programs and can be accessed directly.  ParaBoss as such will be an entry point providing links to the three main sites.  It will also be the administrative centre for coordination both within and between the parasite management programs and is managed by the University of New England.

A team of specialists keep the web sites up-to-date and there will be an executive officer to coordinate workshops, data gathering and publicity.  A Steering Committee, responsible for policy and research matter, will represent major stakeholders and funders.

Given the fact that parasites have a major impact on both wool and meat production, both MLA and AWI are closely involved in the establishment of ParaBoss.  In addition, Departments of Primary Industry, universities and research organisations are major stakeholders.

Major benefits of the ParaBoss program include:

  • Single source access to up-to-date information and advice on best-practice management options; and
  • Sharing specialist expertise across organisations and States in order to achieve the most efficient use of scarce resources.

Practical Wisdom Notes / Fact Sheets

Parasite control in sheep

Pedigree Matchmaker – determining dam pedigree

Recording full pedigree (sire and dam) will improve the rate of genetic gain in a ram breeding flock. Commercial producers are also interested in knowing dam pedigree as a way of monitoring individual reproductive performance in ewe flocks. Pedigree MatchMaker can be used in conjunction with sire joining records to determine pedigree and is less costly than DNA parentage tests or visually mothering-up lambs. In Sheep CRC trials, between 85–95% of lambs were matched to their dam with up to 96% accuracy using the Pedigree MatchMaker.

Profiting from Individual Electronic Identification (eID)

The Harvey family operate Gilgai Farms at Geurie in Central West NSW. They run a fine/superfine Merino flock and a Simmental beef herd on 2,800 hectares, which is grazed using Holistic Management principles.
The Harveys had been visually selecting, micron testing and fleece weighing their hoggets for some 15 years and were looking for the next productivity leap for their Merino flock. They decided to trial individual electronic identification technology so they could better identify highly productive animals for retention in the flock. Individual animal performance measures were collected prior to and at the 2015 ewe hogget shearing.  For each ewe hogget the information collected was used to generate a Rampower Index Value and Ranking. This information was used to select replacement ewes for the flock and culls for sale.


Products & Training Resources

International Sheep and Wool Handbook

Marketing your sheep with genetic data

News Releases

Understanding why farmers are pressing the app buttons
Despite the proliferation of new technology in agriculture, very little is known about the effectiveness of these new tools in improving primary productivity and adoption of new practices. A new research project from the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) will evaluate the use of smartphone apps in the industry and producer attitudes towards these tools, in order to ensure future tools and... Click Here To Read Full Article »
UNE app development team leads the way for the sheep industry
The team behind the popular web-based app RamSelect Plus is already turning its attention to finding new solutions to the data challenges facing the sheep industry. The next project on the cards for the University of New England (UNE) Agile App team is to develop an early intervention sheep management app for the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) so that producers can ensure all animals in... Click Here To Read Full Article »
ParaBoss founder puts down the microscope
Australia’s leading sheep parasitologist, Dr Brown Besier, is drawing the curtain on a 47-year career which has delivered the industry major breakthroughs in the management of worms. Dr Besier, Principal Veterinary Parasitologist at the Department of Agriculture and Food WA, was instrumental in the development and introduction in 2014 of the Barbervax vaccine to Australia, as well as a new ‘targeted treatment’ approach... Click Here To Read Full Article »
Major upgrade on the way for
Commercial sheep breeders could soon have access to a new DNA test that profiles the average genetic merit of their flock. This new information will increase the precision with which rams can be selected to have the greatest impact on flock performance. The DNA test results will feature in an upgraded RamSelect app, which will also allow breeders to store details of flock rams and their genetic merit in order to make better... Click Here To Read Full Article »
Two CRCs join forces to deliver big data solutions for livestock
Managing the well-being of sheep is set to become significantly easier for producers, thanks to a new collaboration tapping into the data science used in Australia’s national security systems. An agreement between the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) and the Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre (D2D CRC) will see the two groups working together to develop new data-based... Click Here To Read Full Article »
Agriculture ripe for big data revolution
Agriculture is the ideal target for the development of new big data applications which can convert decades of research into usable information for farmers, according to chief executive of the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC), James Rowe. Speaking at yesterday’s Connect Expo Big Data Strategy Summit in Melbourne, Prof. Rowe told the conference that agriculture was particularly well... Click Here To Read Full Article »
Helping our producers move into the digital age
Australian sheep producers will have new tools to improve genetics, on-farm management and farmgate returns from a new research project supported by the Coalition Government. Click Here To Read Full Article »
Animal welfare social research to the next level
Researchers have begun a series of sheep producer focus groups to examine in detail current monitoring practices and their attitudes towards animal welfare. Click Here To Read Full Article »
Overwhelming response to sheep welfare survey
There has been an overwhelming response to a sheep industry survey from farmers, scientists and consumers, which questioned attitudes and practices relating to animal wellbeing. Click Here To Read Full Article »
Colourful WormBoss founder retires from sheep industry
After 50 years of serving the Australian sheep industry, Arthur Le Feuvre has retired. Mr Le Feuvre helped establish the WormBoss program through the Sheep CRC and is renowned throughout the industry. Click Here To Read Full Article »
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