Drench resistance for wool growers
A TRIAL testing different drench resistance test methods is currently under way. Funded by AWI and conducted by Dawbuts, the free trial is now calling for wool growers to get involved.
Australian sheep producers spend an estimated A$93 million per year on sheep drenches. However most of the time, they don’t know if the drench is working.
Veterinary parasitologist Dr Janina McKay-Demeler of Dawbuts is comparing the performance of four different drench resistance test methods.
She has set up the trial to clearly show the strengths and weaknesses of the various approaches to drench testing.
“We have trialled the Mini-FLOTAC for drench testing in sheep in Europe and the results are impressive, but it is a different story in Australia with big mob sizes, high levels of some worms such as barber’s pole worm and more advanced drench resistance,” Dr McKay-Demeler said.