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Target Sheep event supports Wannamal producers in the fight against worms

Virbac Australia’s latest Target Sheep event has just wrapped up, with attendees describing the afternoon’s proceedings held last week in Wannamal, WA as a golden opportunity to learn more about parasite management, with a special focus on current drench resistance levels in the Wheatbelt region.

The Target Sheep animal health 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 - by focusing on how to increase productivity by managing drench resistance, and improving health and reproduction through strategic topping up of trace minerals and an effective vaccination program. The program brings 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 the event included Albany livestock veterinarian, Dr Brown Besier, Technical Sales Specialist with Animal Innovations, Mark Dearing and Virbac Australia Area Sales Manager, Darren Hendry. During the presentation, Mark focused on ways to increase ewe and lamb survival and the benefits of early weaning and Dr Besier provided expert parasite management advice.

Over 20 local sheep producers attended last Tuesday’s event, and Scott Cocking from EH & BH Cocking and Son of Wannamal WA explained why he was excited to be a part of the Virbac Target Sheep program. “I was keen to learn more on improving lamb survival especially in managing parasites at pre-lambing and weaning. The presentations were very informative and I especially liked Dr Brown Besier’s presentation on the current worm resistance status in the area and in WA generally. It has certainly made us look differently at drench actives and rotation strategies we use to minimise resistance,” Scott said.

Virbac is running a number of the Target Sheep events across the country. “The Target Sheep events are a unique format for Virbac to work more closely with sheep producers to better manage the health and productivity of their flock and develop effective management strategies at a local level,” said Darren. It is critical that producers know their worm resistance levels by undertaking regular faecal egg count reduction tests.”

Virbac will be hosting further Target Sheep and Target Beef events throughout Australia in the coming months. For more information, visit https://au.virbac.com, follow Virbac Australia on Facebook or Instagram or call 1800 242 100.
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