Time to put your maggots in the mail

Put maggots in the mail for research into flystrike prevention treatment resistance

Livestock
AWI general manager of research Jane Littlejohn is encouraging Queensland wool producers to get involved with the project.

AWI general manager of research Jane Littlejohn is encouraging Queensland wool producers to get involved with the project.

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Queensland producers are being encouraged to put maggot samples in the mail to aid flystrike resistance research.

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The call has been put out for Queensland wool producers to get involved in research into flystrike prevention treatment resistance.

As part of a joint Australian Wool Innovation and NSW Department of Primary Industries project, free insecticide resistance testing is being offered up to Australian woolgrowers but there's been a low take-up rate in Queensland.

The project is aiming to determine insecticide resistance profiles of blowflies across all wool producing states.

It will look at insecticide resistance across Australia to all of the commonly used flystrike prevention treatments.

Participating growers are sent a kit to collect live maggot samples and in exchange receive test results for their property, showing the chemical groups that are most effective for their flock.

But while the NSW DPI have received samples from WA, SA, Victoria and NSW, none have yet come in from Queensland.

AWI general manager of research Jane Littlejohn said the research would play an important role in assessing the effectiveness of flystrike prevention treatments.

Ms Littlejohn said so far only one Queensland producer had ordered a kit and no samples have been received from the state.

"Obviously the drought has affected the prevalence of samples but we've extended the time frame in the hope of getting some in," she said.

"There will always be some flystrike, there are situations where sheep have gotten wet wool from urine or from some small amount of rain.

"If you have a kit in your glovebox and come across a sheep or two with flystrike, you can take a sample.

"If you don't have a kit, it's a wasted opportunity."

Ms Littlejohn said the research wasn't restricted to growers who suspected they have an insecticide resistance problem, with all samples welcomed.

Samples are being tested progressively as they are received by researchers.

Growers that are interested in being involved and receiving free tests are encouraged to contact Narelle Sales at DPI NSW to request a postage paid maggot collection kit or for more information on how to get involved by emailing narelle.sales@dpi.nsw.gov.au or phoning (02) 4640 6446.

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