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ParaBoss Technical Workshop 2020

Preparing a sheep parasite control calendar


Where: The Function, Beachouse, 4 Colley Tce, Glenelg, SA

When: Tuesday 10 March 2020, 9am to 5 pm (smokos and lunch provided)

Cost: $120 per participant, Students $80, Farmer “clients” free

Registration: By Wednesday 19 February 2020

Registration and payment link: Registration and Payment

Further information: Dr Susan Swaney, ParaBoss Technical Manager
                                         susan@paraboss.com.au              0429 460 798


Informative  ♦  fun  ♦  light-hearted competition  ♦  networking


Who should attend this workshop?

Vets in sheep areas, both private and government; sheep health consultants; sheep extension staff and facilitators; rural merchandise staff with an animal health focus; pharmaceutical company sales staff and their technical managers; leading producers and farm managers; Veterinary and Animal health lecturers/academics/researchers/students.

How will the workshop help you?

The sheep parasite control calendars, allow you to:

  • Develop a program you/your clients can be confident in, that reminds you/your clients of key events and allows the correct products to ordered and on-hand.
  • Cover all aspects of sheep parasite management and ensure the most appropriate products are used, including best use of treatments to manage development of resistance.
  • Ensure timing of parasite management activities are best suited for your district.
  • Understand how to best use the technical advice on ParaBoss.
  • Develop skills and confidence in parasite management.
  • Understand the biosecurity and welfare implications.

What will you learn?

Participants will learn a process that captures a farmers current practices, relevant objectives, and their particular farm situation, and combines it with ParaBoss recommendations, and then allows the participant to develop annual farm management and treatment calendars for control of worms, flies and lice.

What process will be used?

The workshop will commence with some short content presentations in the morning followed by workshop sessions to develop management calendars. Participants will work in small groups, each with a farmer providing a real-life scenario. A facilitator will assist each group so that the participants are the “advisor” and the sample farmer is the “client”. Participants will learn the questions and process to gather appropriate farmer information and how to incorporate these and ParaBoss recommendations into a management calendar.

How can I be involved?

Get a team together of “advisors” and a farmer “client” who is happy to share their farm as a sample farm.

As the workshop process involves teams of 6 “advisors”, we are encouraging you to talk with your colleagues and friends to form a team of participants, although it is not essential to come as a ready-made team. The farmer “client” will be at no cost. Reward a farmer by bringing them along as the “client” or we can find you a farmer.

You are also encouraged to sponsor the attendance of a veterinary, rural or agricultural science student who shows an interest in sheep parasitology.

If you are a producer interested in attending, this workshop is also targeted to suit sheep owners/managers with a strong interest in parasite management who are the key management decision makers for the property—in particular, professional managers of large or multiple properties. The workshop process will put you in the role of an “advisor” with another farmer “client”, but you will take away a process to use on your own property.

WormBoss worm control training

The WormBoss worm control workshop for sheep producers

The WormBoss worm control workshop is a small-group, activity-based 1-day workshop for sheep producers across Australia, to improve their ability to effectively control sheep worms.

WormBoss seminars and presentations for sheep producers

Where the 1-day WormBoss worm control workshop is unsuitable, shorter presentations or seminars can be arranged, ranging from short 20 minute overviews to more detailed seminars over a number of hours.

The length, scope and any costs should be negotiated directly with the professional you choose to deliver.

Review this list to find an industry professional who can deliver WormBoss presentations and seminars.

Making More From Sheep animal health presentations

Making More From Sheep has separate presentations on worms, flies and lice that have been developed by WormBoss, FlyBoss and LiceBoss. These are half day presentations, but can be shortened by your presenter to suit your event.

They are not delivered specifically by ParaBoss staff, so you should contact Making More From Sheep for more information on how to arrange a presentation or to become a presenter.

Training for Industry advisors, professionals, veterinarians, stock and station agents


WormBoss training seminar for agents, advisors, industry professionals

A half-day training seminar is targeted to veterinarians, sheep industry consultants, stock agents, drench resellers, stock inspectors/rangers, extension or technical staff, pharmaceutical company staff and other groups of professionals who are required to have a sound knowledge of worm control and who provide advice to sheep producers, be it related to worm control or drench purchases.

The training works through the strategies of an effective integrated worm control program and is generally tailored to a particular region suiting the participants. It is presented in 4 sessions each with discussion time, using the relevant regional WormBoss control  program as the text. An exercise is also done to ensure participants are able to confidently use the Drench Decision Guide.

The training is delivered by trained WormBoss industry professionals with the cost negotiated with the presenter.

Review this list to find an industry professional who can deliver WormBoss presentations and seminars.

WormBoss presenters

(Click on the organisation you are interested in to be redirected to the page containing their contact details).

Organisation Contacts Town
New South Wales
ParaBoss Deborah Maxwell, Lewis Kahn Armidale
NSW DPI Stephen Love Armidale
Pfizer Animal Health Elizabeth Patrick West Ryde
Coopers Animal Health Jane Morrison Yass
Armstrong Livestock Solutions Garry Armstrong Deniliquin
Virbac Animal Health Susan Swaney Regents Park
Lloyd Dunlop Lamb Consultancy Lloyd Dunlop Goondiwindi
Dr Noel O'Dempsey Dr Noel O'Dempsey Texas
Maxine Lyndal-Murphy Maxine Lyndal-Murphy Brisbane
South Australia
Productive Nutrition Pty Ltd San Jolly Clare
AgriPartner Consulting Hamish Dickson Clare
APAL Laboratory Colin Trengove Spalding
Kangaroo Island Veterinary Clinic Greg Johnsson Kingscote
Ellis Farm Consultancy Simon Ellis Verdun
Rural Directions Pty Ltd Natasha Morley Clare
University of Tasmania Andrew Bailey Launceston
University of Tasmania Catriona Nicholls Launceston
Sheep Connect Tasmania Coordinator James Tyson Launceston
Nilon Farm Health Paul Nilon Perth
DPI Victoria Garry Hallam Horsham
University of Melbourne  John Larsen, Kelly Stanger Werribee
Paratech Veterinary Services David Hucker Wickliffe
Graham Lean & Associates Graham Lean, Bill Stonnill Hamilton
Landmark Operations Ltd Nicole Care Ballarat South
Western Australia
Brown Besier Parasitology Brown Besier Albany


WormBoss online training 

These webinars are in development. They will be a series of webinars (from 30 to 45 minutes each) that can be done online at any time. These will cover the strategies of an effective integrated worm control program for each WormBoss region.