Livestock

There’s lots to learn about worms

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Cattle, dairy, sheep and goat producers from the Manning Great Lakes are invited to a series of information sessions focusing on the latest in livestock worm control and managing Pestivirus in cattle on Tuesday 12 February 2019.

Hunter Local Land Services has secured experts in the field of paristology and pestivirus to provide local producers with the most up to date information on two common animal health issues affecting livestock on the coast – intestinal parasites (worms) and Pestivirus (also known as Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus).

District Vet Dr Lyndell Stone said while it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, good worm management is crucial to livestock performance.

“Worms in stock may be invisible to most people, but the damage they do to your livestock and bottom line is not,” said Dr Stone.

“Intestinal worms affect weight gain, weaning weight, lactation, wool growth, turnoff time and feed conversion efficiency and can cause death in stock.

“In the current trying conditions worm burdens are often higher than producers expect as cattle are eating closer to the ground picking up larvae.”

The worm control sessions are being delivered by Dr Matt Playford (Dawbuts) a veterinarian who has a PhD in Parasitology and has dedicated his career to reducing the impact of parasites on livestock.

Dr Lee Taylor from Zoetis will share his tips on preventing Pestivirus from impacting your beef or dairy herd.

The three workshops will be held on Tuesday 12 February 2019 at Taree and Gloucester.

“The two workshops at Taree will ensure producers have up to date information on which drenches work on which worms and how to use the right drench at the right time,” said Dr Stone.

“Essentially, these are the drenches you need to know about and how to use them.”

The Gloucester workshop will also discuss worm control, with an added session on Pestivirus.

“Pestivirus is a common viral disease in cattle, affecting 60% of herds,” said Dr Stone.

“Pestivirus causes immunosuppression, respiratory disease and can reduce breeder fertility including causing foetal loss and birth defects.

“Pestivirus can be an underlying disease predisposing cattle to other disease issues and ill thrift.”

“We are excited to have such expert speakers visit our area, and encourage all local producers to come along to these free informative events.”

Source: Hunter Local Land Services

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