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ParaBoss: Leading the Charge in Parasite Management for Livestock Producers

1 Feb

With flies, lice, ticks, and worms posing constant threats to livestock nationwide, ParaBoss, a renowned parasite management website and extension program, has been tirelessly working over the past three years to solidify its position as Australia’s premier resource for sheep, goat, and cattle 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 with the livestock community, leaving an indelible mark on the industry. The team covered substantial ground, hosting 19 webinars specifically tailored to address the parasite challenges faced by sheep, goat, and cattle producers. With an impressive attendance of 4400 registrations to date, these webinars have become a cornerstone in offering crucial insights and knowledge across the community.

The impact of internal and external parasites on the Australian cattle industry is staggering, with an estimated cost of approximately $459.8 million. Similarly, the sheep industry is grappling with an estimated $655 million in losses. Recognising the economic significance of effective parasite management, ParaBoss has positioned itself as a valuable resource for producers aiming to mitigate these losses.

In a groundbreaking move in 2023, ParaBoss introduced its piloted series of face-to-face workshops, focusing on the intricacies of worm and other parasite management for both cattle and sheep. These workshops, which attracted over 50 participants, marked a significant shift in providing hands-on, personalised guidance to producers. The overwhelmingly positive feedback received underscored the workshops’ effectiveness in addressing the practical challenges faced on farms.

Understanding the pressing need for targeted solutions, the custom-designed one-day workshops aim to empower producers by improving on-farm productivity and enhancing overall skills and confidence in internal parasite management. Led by notable experts in the industry, the workshops opened up a knowledge bank, providing practical advice to minimize production losses and mortality in herds and flocks.

Participants gained access to easy-to-use resources, ensuring vital information is readily available at their fingertips. Education on strategies to reduce chemical resistance impacts and enhance the effectiveness of drenches and parasiticides further equipped producers with the tools needed for sustainable parasite management.

ParaBoss’s unwavering commitment to providing timely, relevant, and practical solutions has positioned it as a trailblazer in the field of parasite management for livestock producers. As the industry grapples with evolving challenges, ParaBoss continues to stand as a beacon of knowledge, guiding producers towards enhanced productivity, reduced losses, and a more sustainable future.

Register for upcoming sheep workshop at the links below:

WormBoss Sheep Workshop – Pilot 4

Date: Tuesday 19 March 2024
Time: 9:00 to 3:00 pm
Location: Naracoorte Town Hall, 95 Smith Street, Naracoorte SA
Register: https://bit.ly/3UbGqn2

Visit the ParaBoss website here ParaBoss.com.au.

ParaBoss is a joint initiative between Meat and Livestock Australia, Australian Wool Innovation, University of New England, and Animal Health Australia.