Experts present parasite sessions

Helpful tips: The sessions will help producers understand livestock worm control and pestivirus management in cattle. Photo: supplied.
Helpful tips: The sessions will help producers understand livestock worm control and pestivirus management in cattle. Photo: supplied.

Hunter Local Land Services will hold information sessions in Taree and Gloucester on livestock worm control and managing pestivirus in cattle. 

Paristology and pestivirus experts will provide cattle, dairy, sheep and goat producers with information on intestinal worms and pestivirus.

The information sessions will be at Club Taree on Tuesday, February 12 from 9am to 10.30am and 10.45am to 12.15pm. 

Another session will be held later in the day at Gloucester Soldiers Club.  

District vet Dr Lyndell Stone said good worm management was crucial to livestock performance.

“Intestinal worms affect weight gain, weaning weight, lactation, wool growth, turnoff time and feed conversion efficiency and can cause death in stock,” Dr Stone said. “In the current trying conditions worm burdens are often higher than producers expect as cattle are eating closer to the ground picking up larvae.” 

The worm control sessions will be delivered by Dr Matt Playford, and Dr Lee Taylor will discuss preventing pestivirus from impacting beef or dairy herds. 

“We are excited to have such expert speakers visit our area, and encourage all local producers to come along to these free informative events,” Dr Stone said.