This strategy describes when to use strategic drenches and how to decide when tactical/therapeutic drenches are needed.
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Victoria: 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 goats.
Victoria: 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).
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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 2 situations where goats should be drenched in most years, these are:
Note: the second summer drench (in January/February) is not routinely needed in some areas or in all years. However, it is very important because contamination with worm eggs in late summer and autumn is a strong determinant of the peak availability of worm larvae the following winter (hence worm problems will occur if it is not given if it was indicated); conduct a WormTest to decide whether a second summer drench is needed.
In all 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 or single active drenches can be used sequentially, i.e. up the race with one drench and then up the race with the other. After these drenches, move the goats into prepared low worm-risk paddocks
3. The online Drench Decision Guide (DDG) for Victoria assists you to decide whether a mob 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. Try at least three of the following scenarios.
Links to the learning topics for Victoria