Online learning: Pastoral—Introduction

The introduction gives a summary of the annual control program and describes the worm control regions and worms encountered here.

Structured reading

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Pastoral: Program summary
What to do and when to do it for an annual worm control program in this region. Day-to-day drenching decisions will use the Drench Decision Guide (see topic: Deciding when to drench and what drench to use).

Pastoral: Introduction
Information about the location, subregions and worms typically encountered here.

Question and answer

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Each of the questions below links further down the page to the answers.


  1. What are the 5 strategies used to control worms in Pastoral?
  2. What are the most important worms in this region?


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1. What are the 5 strategies used to control worms in Pastoral?

  1. Respond to unusual grazing conditions (caused by dry times, drought, floods, fire)
  2. Respond to unusual grazing conditions (caused by dry times, drought, floods, fire)
  3. Breed and feed for worm-resistant sheep
  4. WormTest at recommended times or situations
  5. Drench only at recommended times
  6. Manage drench resistance

2. What are the most important worms in this region?

The most important roundworms in this region vary according to latitude and rainfall patterns.

In southern areas or when there is winter rainfall:

In northern areas or when there is summer rainfall:

Also important in both the north and south, but mainly for young sheep


Links to the learning topics for Pastoral

  1. Introduction (you are currently on this page)
  2. Grazing management
  3. Breeding for worm resistance
  4. Worm testing
  5. Drenching
  6. Drench resistance management
  7. Sheep worms