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A regional model of sheep lice management practices to examine the impact of managing straying sheep combined with other management choices

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Lucas, PG and Horton, BJ and Parsons, D and Carew, AL, A regional model of sheep lice management practices to examine the impact of managing straying sheep combined with other management choices, Animal Production Science, 57, (4) pp. 726-734. ISSN 1836-0939 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2017 CSIRO

DOI: doi:10.1071/AN15572

Abstract

A model of lice management systems was used to investigate the potential benefits of improved fencing against straying sheep, used in conjunction with other management options for lice control. The impact of combined strategies was simulated over a 20-year period. Management options included in the model were: lice eradication rate, lice detection, intervention level, improved fencing to reduce straying sheep, and biosecurity of purchased sheep. The modelling found it was cost-effective to improve fences for an initial average cost of $20000/property if the number of properties from which strays could enter was reduced by ≥40%, but for average Australian properties this represents less than 20% of the boundary replaced. In order for fencing to be a cost-effective part of lice management, the fencing must target sections of boundary fence that will provide the greatest protection from contact with neighbouring flocks. The model showed that improved biosecurity against straying sheep combined well with improved eradication rates. However, biosecurity for purchased sheep may be the most cost-effective option.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:biosecurity, integrated pest management, modelling diseases
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Animal Production
Research Field:Animal Protection (Pests and Pathogens)
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Livestock Raising
Objective Field:Sheep - Wool
Author:Lucas, PG (Miss Peri Lucas)
Author:Horton, BJ (Dr Brian Horton)
Author:Parsons, D (Dr David Parsons)
Author:Carew, AL (Dr Anna Carew)
ID Code:123920
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2018-02-01
Last Modified:2018-07-30
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