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In this episode we look at the amazing history of where drenching began then move onto the various classes of drenches available today. We look at what their properties are and their role up to today and the best way we can look after them now.Email your feedback or topic suggestions: Ian's limerickI looked up and just gave a shrugA hundred and one types of drugThey all make the claimThat sounds just the sameAnd I feel like an absolute mugSupport the show (
In this episode Susan interviews Ian, who in the past has been an organics standards auditor, and we learn a little about organic farming of livestock and how organic farms manage their parasites. The question is : are there some lessons in there for those of us who run conventional farms? It seems when everything depends on good planning you really need to do it well.Email your feedback or topic suggestions:'s limerickOrganic farming is grouseBut don’t get a worm, fly or louseCos a drench or a dipOr a tail fold nipThey won’t let those things near your houseSupport the show (
This episode looks at integrated parasite management (IPM), which is all the different practices you can use to reduce parasites on your property. IPM reduces your reliance on drenches and aids in extending the life of those drenches on your farm.  It covers aspects of drenching, testing, breeding, grazing management and pastures.  Contact us at the show (
There are many ways to tackle parasites and a good understanding of their life cycles is critical knowledge. In this episode we look at the life cycles and the conditions for development of flies, lice and worms and we see how this can help us exploit the chinks in their armour.  Support the show (
In this episode we speak with James Deller the Director, Residue and Trade, with the APVMA as he explains the role of the APVMA in protecting our livestock, us the farmers, our trade and our environment. He discusses what is needed to bring a product to registration and how WHP and ESIs are established.Support the show (
In this episode we interview John Webb Ware, the senior consultant with the Mackinnon Project, University of Melbourne Veterinary School, about his experiences with his clients that have chosen to move away from mulesing into non-mulesed fine wool Merinos. What it has taken to achieve this and what the traps and downfalls are for the uninitiated.Support the show (
This episode with Dr Paul Nilon of Tasmania will explore the ways in which we can clean up the parasite stages on the paddocks and make them suitable for young weaners through their first testing season. It covers Smart grazing and cross grazing with cattle how they work, how to do it and what is needed. It also looks at innovative uses and traps for beginners.Email your feedback or topic suggestions:'s LimerickWhen choosing a paddock to grazeThere are only some limited waysTo make sure it’s free Of that pesky L3Cos to clean it takes hundreds of daysSupport the show (
This episode looks at disasters that did occur when a quarantine drench was missed, even with experienced producers. It explains the importance of the quarantine process, including drench choice and timing, isolation, monitoring and paddock selection. This includes not only when sheep are purchased, but when your own sheep are returning from agistment or another of your properties.Email your feedback or topic suggestions:'s limerickWas buying in sheep that it caught usA great mob of wethers he bought usBut just like a mugWe used the wrong drugNow we’re plagued by Haemonchus contortusSupport the show (
This episode describes some of the language around internal parasites and drench tests, and makes it clearer for our way forward in future podcasts.Email your feedback or topic suggestions:'s limerickThe language they use is enoughTo put you off learning the stuffIf you’re not in the know Your knowledge can’t growAnd the research just gets really toughSupport the show (
Susan and Ian introduce themselves and discuss what they see Wormcasts providing for the listeners. This introduces the ParaBoss podcasts and its hosts, Dr Susan Swaney (Technical Manager ParaBoss, former Technical Services Manager Virbac, Veterinary Officer Falkland Islands and mixed practice veterinarian) and Ian Campbell (farmer, former Director Department of Agriculture Falkland Islands, sheep extension officer DPI Victoria and researcher Mackinnon Project University of Melbourne).The podcasts will cover worms, flies, lice and ticks and their management in sheep, goats and ultimately cattle.The podcasts will include interviews with experts and farmers describing management issues and how they were overcome.Email your feedback or topic suggestions:'s limerickThese are some podcasts for farmersYou can listen in boots or pyjamasAny time, night or dayWhile you’re feeding out hayOr off to the pub to get parmasSupport the show (
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