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Online Learning: Australian Smallholders—Introduction

The introduction gives a summary of the Annual Worm Control Program and describes the worm control regions and worms encountered here, with consideration of the unique challenges faced by Smallholders.

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Australian Smallholders: 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 Annual Worm Control Program topic: When to check and when to drench).

Australian Smallholders: 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 for Australian Smallholders?
  2. What are the most important worms in this region?


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1. What are the 5 strategies used to control worms for Australian Smallholders?

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

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

Smallholders properties can have a wide range of worms depending on the region in which they are located and from where the goats were initially purchased. Below are possible worms that could be on small properties.


Less important or only occasionally seen worms:

Liver fluke

  • Liver fluke is an internal parasite that occurs only in some regions where there are colonies of the intermediate host snail (Austropeplea (Lymnaea) tomentosa). It can affect goats severely, sometimes causing deaths. The life cycle differs from the simple life cycle of roundworms, so control strategies are different. Liver fluke should be considered if there are cases of anaemia or bottle jaw in goats that are not associated with barber’s pole worm. To control liver fluke, see Liver Fluke Control in Appendices: Further information on goat worm control for Australian smallholders.

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