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Got a parasite problem? Help is available

Hunter Local Land Services (LLS) is offering beef producers the opportunity to learn more about internal parasite control at an information session in Wallarobba on Thursday 20 November.

Digby Rayward, District Veterinarian for LLS, said the event will be a great chance to receive up-to-date information on current parasite situations and new products.

'There have been reports of drench resistance to parasites in beef cattle and at the event I'll be discussing what's happening locally.'.

'I'll also discuss how graziers can prevent potential resistance though good planning and product selection,' said Mr Rayward.

Rob O'Dwyer from Coopers Animal Health will be on hand to talk about a new drench developed to address resistance.

The potential of dung beetles and rotational grazing to control parasites will also be discussed.

'Dung beetles can minimise infective larvae on the pasture so it's important pick the right time to drench to minimise the damage to colonies,' said My Rayward.

Several species of dung beetle will be displayed at the event and landholders will be given beetles to release on their own property.

The free information session will run from 10am to 2pm at Wallarobba Memorial Hall, 744 Wallarobba-Brookfield Road, Wallarobba.

Morning tea will be served from 9.30am and a light lunch will be provided.

Register online call the LLS Tocal Office on (02) 4939 8967.

Contact Jillian Ayre (Mon, Tues, Wed) 02 4938 4932 or Maree Whelan (Thurs, Fri) 02 4938 4932 or Mobile: 0418 960 817.