Should I apply a long wool treatment to a lousy mob or wait until next shearing? The LiceBoss Long Wool Tool provides the costs you need to know to answer this quickly and easily.
The LiceBoss Long Wool Tool has had a makeover and is even easier to use. In less than a minute you can describe your situation and the Long Wool Tool will calculate the value of wool loss if no treatment is applied, as well as the approximate cost of a long wool treatment—including chemical, labour and current wool value loss. A report is easily printed.
Ultimately, a long wool treatment is warranted when the cost of application is less than the cost of wool damage if no long wool treatment is applied.
To use the Long Wool Tool, simply select the time of last and next shearing; the time when you see sheep rubbing; the estimated lice-free value of fleeces at next shearing; the number of sheep in the mob; and the number or % of the mob seen rubbing.
Press the Calculate Results button and your report will show your selections and results that allow you to compare the cost of lost wool to the cost of treating the sheep in long wool using a variety of chemical treatment options.
The two images further below show examples of the input and results pages of the Long Wool Tool.
The longer it is until next shearing, the more likely a long wool treatment will be cost-effective. However, as the lice population is not eradicated, numbers will again build up and damage will recommence. Also, the shorter the wool at treatment, the less chemical will be required.
The Long Wool Tool considers these factors and the existing level of fleece value loss when calculating the costs of no treatment versus long wool treatment.
Long wool treatments provide an alternative that limits wool damage and loss of wool value. However, they can’t undo the existing fleece damage.
If you treat the sheep in long wool, remember that long wool treatments cannot eradicate lice, so you must still treat all the sheep carefully after the next shearing.
If you are considering shearing lice-infested sheep or introducing new sheep, use the LiceBoss Treatment Guide to help decide your strategies to maintain a lice-free flock.