Beef producers will soon have a valuable new tool to assist them in the fight against parasites, which cost Australian cattle producers more than $350million annually, with the development of one national website for parasite control resources.
This new project will see the resources for cattle parasite management centralised and added to the suite of products provided by ParaBoss, the existing go-to website for sheep and goat parasite management in Australia.
Meat & Livestock Australia’s producer consultation and adoption general manager Michael Crowley said the project would result in a comprehensive and convenient resource for beef producers to help them develop their integrated pest management plans.
‘‘This project will align parasite management resources for beef producers into an existing successful framework used by sheep producers,’’ Mr Crowley said.
‘‘Treatment, prevention and production costs vary by region. Cattle tick costs $156million per annum and buffalo fly costs $94.6million per annum, and they have the greatest impact on northern cattle.
‘‘Southern herds suffer more from worms, costing producers $82million per annum.’’
Previously, MLA, Sheep CRC and Australian Wool Innovation developed three websites that served as national information sources for the management of the major parasites for sheep.
Together, WormBoss, LiceBoss and FlyBoss are referred to as ParaBoss.
Since January 2014, ParaBoss has been managed by the University of New England. In November 2016, the resource was expanded to include goats.
ParaBoss has an average of 12500 users each month and 3300 subscribers to ParaBoss News.
The project will be undertaken in partnership by MLA, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, University of Queensland’s Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation and the existing ParaBoss team at the University of New England.