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March 2014

WormBoss unites with sister sites under ParaBoss

The Sheep CRC has achieved the ambitious targets of providing current, accessible and practical information for effective sheep parasite control through WormBoss, FlyBoss and LiceBoss. 

The next phase is a 3-year transition period, supported by Australian Wool Innovation and Meat and Livestock Australia, to establish ParaBoss (Parasite Boss), which will unite the three Bosses.

The CRC has licensed the University of New England (UNE) to manage and develop ParaBoss, which will strengthen connections with industry. ParaBoss will continue to provide information, tools and training on parasite management to sheep producers and industry professionals in the long term.

ParaBoss has recently commenced with the employment of an Executive Officer, Lewis Kahn and an Operations Manager, Deb Maxwell, through UNE.

A steering committee with one representative from each of AWI, MLA, Sheep CRC and UNE as well as an independent parasitologist and the ParaBoss Executive Officer will guide the project. Technical input and guidance will come from a committee of parasitologists and there will be good opportunity for industry involvement.

The three separate web sites will continue, but from next month the newsletter will be renamed ParaBoss News and will cover worms, flies and lice.

Further information on the development of ParaBoss will be provided and the team looks forward to building on the achievements of the Sheep CRC.