This strategy describes when to use strategic drenches and how to decide when tactical/therapeutic drenches are needed.
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NSW central, southern and southwest: When to test and when to drench
The times for routine worm testing and drenching in this region. Not all testing or drenching is routine; other times to do these are recommended by the Drench Decision Guide, according to details you provide about your mob of sheep.
NSW central, southern and southwest: Drench Decision Guide
This tool recommends whether a mob should be drenched, the length of protection warranted and when to worm test again. It is your day-to-day tool on drenching decisions that should be used in conjunction with the annual program of routine testing and drenching times.
The DDG tool steers you through a series of questions about your goats; choose the answer that applies to your mob (or make up your own scenario).
For those who prefer a problem based approach to learning, answer the following questions.
Each of the questions below links further down the page to the answers.
You can also click on each question below to go to WormBoss pages with related information.
1. What is the purpose of a strategic drench?
Strategic drench: a drench given at a critical time to goats that are susceptible to worm infection (e.g. weaners and pre-kidding does), and also given at times to reduce worm larval contamination of a pasture that will be grazed by the drenched goats over the following weeks or months. The goats themselves may have had a low worm egg count at the time of this pre-emptive treatment.
In this region there are two situations where goats should be drenched without a prior WormTest, these are:
In both cases use a drench known to be effective on your property. Preferably use a short-acting treatment, and where possible, use a multi-active combination. After these drenches, move the goats into prepared low worm-risk paddocks.
3. The online Drench Decision Guide (DDG) for NSW central, southern and southwest assists you to decide whether a herd of goats should be drenched now and when to test again. Open the DDG and answer the questions it offers based on the scenario (from below) that you are using.
A herd of dry non pregnant goats in condition score 2 and a WEC of 300 epg but no larval culture results.
Links to the learning topics for NSW central, southern and southwest