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Sarah Collins - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Toowoomba Royal Agricultural Show as a Boer Goat competitor.  This year, the show was combined with the Queensland Boer Goat Show sponsored by the Boer Goat Breeders Association of Australia (BGBAA). 

Click here to see the BGAA web site.

The Show was well attended and I understand attracted the most entries for a number of years.  The quality of Boer Goat was equal to that anywhere that I’ve seen in Australia.  The most successful exhibitor was the Micathel Boer Goat Stud from New South Wales, who endured a thirteen hour drive both ways to exhibit.  Good effort!

We won a couple of good ribbons but most importantly, I had the opportunity to talk to a few producers about the challenges of worm detection and minimization.  I had a very positive response to establishing Zerocount and the worm laboratory.  All producers mentioned the worm problems they had encountered this year with the wet and humid conditions prevailing across many districts.

I understand from one of our producers who also run Dorper sheep that they had experienced similar problems.

Gastrointestinal worms in goats, sheep, cattle, deer, alpaca and other ruminants thrive in warm humid conditions and growers need to be alert for worm ‘spikes’ during these conditions. 

I grow my Boer Goats east of the Great Divide and have to keep an eye on conditions and signs of increasing worm burdens.  I generally manage the worms by careful paddock rotation, regular checks of the animal’s eye membrane colour and periodic worm burden detection.

My next show is the Goombungee Show (Sothern QLD) where I will show some goats and hopefully socialize with other members and friends.   If you are there, look me up at the Boer Goat shed, say hi and have a chat about worms and Zerocount.



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