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New LiceBoss website empowers producers

Posted by Bestprac on Jul 01 2013

CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation

The new LiceBoss website, is putting the power in producers’ hands to make informed decisions about the best methods for controlling lice in their specific circumstances. LiceBoss website has been redesigned to provide sheep producers with universal access to best-practice extension advice, without having to leave the farm.

“The site features detailed advice in the form of fact sheets and ‘how to’ videos, as well as a series of interactive decision support tools,” said Dr Peter James, senior research fellow at the University of Queensland and the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation.

“These tools allow producers to enter information unique to their flock and environment to identify the best chemicals and methods for controlling lice for their situation,” Dr James said.

“The support tools cover a variety of situations including treating lice in long and short wool, on ewes or lambs, how to meet residue thresholds set by different markets, and methods to prevent new lice populations.”
The site was re-developed by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC).

Operating as part of the Federal Department of Innovation Industry Science and Research’s CRC program, the Sheep CRC is a collaboration of industry, government and the commercial sector. It is working to increase productivity and profitability of the industry through new technologies for adoption by both the meat and wool supply chains.

AWI is a not-for-profit company owned by Australia’s 27,000 woolgrowers. It invests in research, development, innovation and marketing along the global supply chain for Australian wool.

Dr James said that increases in the prevalence of lice in recent years and the emergence of chemical resistance issues had resulted in increased producer interest in lice control strategies.

“The ability to sort products according to a producers’ situation allows them not just to decide which chemical groups are most suited to their situation, but will also assist them in developing strategies to avoid chemical resistance issues,” he said.

“The site also provides indicative prices for control methods to assist farmers when budgeting for their lice control programs, and the long wool treatment tool allows producers to compare the cost of treatment compared to the likely cost of wool loss if treatment is delayed until after the next shearing.”

Dr James said the site offered valuable information for farmers of all levels of experience.

“The treatments section allows even the most experienced manager to audit their own performance against best practice measures, and easily identify any weak points in their lice control systems,” he said.

• For more information visit the website here.


Last changed: Jul 02 2013



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