Online learning: South Australian Winter Rainfall—Introduction

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

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South Australian Winter Rainfall: 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).

South Australian Winter Rainfall: Introduction
Information about the location, subregions and worms typically encountered here.

Question and answer

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

  1. Use grazing management to create low worm-risk paddocks
  2. Breed and feed for worm-resistant sheep
  3. WormTest at recommended times
  4. Drench at recommended times
  5. Manage drench resistance

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

The most important roundworms in this region are:

  • Scour worms
    • Small brown stomach worm Teladorsagia (Ostertagia) circumcincta
    • Black scour worm Trichostrongylus vitrinus /Trichostrongylus colubriformis 
    • Thin-necked intestinal worm Nematodirus spp (only in young sheep)

In some or most years around Willalooka, Mundulla, Keith, Tintinara, Strathalbyn Plains, Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula and coastal areas as well as isolated properties in the lower south east:

  • Barber’s pole worm Haemonchus contortus

Very wet years generally cause higher burdens of all worms. These can be fatal without scouring occurring.


Links to the learning topics for South Australian Winter Rainfall

  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


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