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Producer help sought for cattle parasite survey

Beef Central, August 6, 2019

CATTLE producers are being asked to take part in a survey as part of Charles Sturt University research to understand the impact of parasites on the beef cattle industry.

As part of her work through the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, PhD student Cara Wilson’s research has covered more than 1.2 million cattle.

“Based on our studies, the proportion of cattle infected with some parasites culd be as high as 33 per cent,” Ms Wilson said.

“We need to understand producers’ knowledge about parasitic diseases and their farm management practices to develop and implement cost-effective and practical control practices.”

The research team is seeking producers who are currently involved in the Australian beef industry, either as farm owners or managers, to take part in the survey. Prior knowledge of parasites is not required.

Participants must own or manage at least one beast that is, or will be used, for beef production, and must be at least 18 years old.

The anonymous survey will take about 30 minutes to complete and is available here.

At the conclusion of the study, factsheets that summarise the results of the survey will be available.

The survey will remain open until Friday 16th August 2019. For information email [email protected]

 

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  1. Phill Eisenhauer, August 8, 2019

    Have just purchased back into the beef game this week after a 15 year absence, hoping for some guidance on parasite management

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