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Keep your flock lice-free

Whether you’ve long had a lice-free flock and haven’t treated for many years or you’ve recently treated your sheep hoping to eradicate a current infestation, the threat of lice is ever present.

Very few flocks never introduce some sheep and most flocks have other sheep flocks in the district, presenting a risk from strays.

While stock-proof fencing is an important aspect of biosecurity, upgrading all boundary fences can be cost-prohibitive.

Keep lice out by:

  • Assessing which parts of your boundary present the highest risk of allowing lousy sheep to enter your property and renew or repair these.
  • Working with neighbours to eradicate lice from the district.
  • Having a stock introduction and quarantine policy that assumes all introduced sheep are lousy and treating or quarantining them for the appropriate time.

Introducing sheep presents a significant risk of also introducing lice because very light or early infestations are rarely able to be seen on visual inspection of the sheep.

Nevertheless, inspection should be done before purchase so a more informed decision can be made if lice (or signs of lice) are evident.

The LiceBoss Treatment Guide has been created to assist your decision on whether existing, introduced or stray sheep should receive a lice treatment.

It describes the type of treatment and associated management practices recommended by LiceBoss, plus links to detailed information on treatments.

The LiceBoss Treatment Guide is easy to use. At each question, simply select the answer that applies to the mob of sheep you are considering treating.

A report will be produced showing the date, answers selected, a recommendation and associated information.

The LiceBoss Treatment Guide is suitable for most situations, however, it cannot account for every factor affecting the decision to treat your sheep. Always consider seeking professional advice specific to your property and sheep.