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PGG Wrightson is a New Zealand business listed on the NZ Stock Exchange (NZX:PGW). We have a rich heritage of more than 160 years working alongside New Zealand farmers to service their on-farm needs.
Our business today employs 2,100 people located throughout New Zealand and in key regions within Australia and parts of South America. We also have an agent network for key products which extends into South Africa, North America, Europe and China.
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Blowfly strike is the second most costly parasitic disease of sheep in New Zealand, ranking only behind gastro-intestinal roundworms in economic importance.1
Research has shown that even relatively small strikes can cause a marked loss of appetite in the struck animal, resulting in weight loss.2 Ewes and ewe hoggets struck in late summer/autumn are far less likely to get in lamb than non-struck animals. In addition farmers are legally required to protect their stock against blowflies.
Preventing blowfly strike
Four species of blowfly are recorded as initiating strikes on sheep in New Zealand, with the Australian green blowfly (Lucilia cuprina) and the European green blowfly (Lucilia sericata) recognised as themost important species. Prevention of blowfly strike caused by the larvae of these species is largely reliant upon application of insecticides by a variety of means (for example saturation dipping, jetting, low volumepour-ons or spray-ons) to the fleece of at-risk animals.
Most blowfly strike preventative products belong to the Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) group of chemicals. In turn, IGRs can be divided into two distinct chemical classes based on their different and unrelated modes of action:
1. Triazine/pyrimidine derivatives, for example. cyromazine (Vetrazin™ and Cyrex™) and dicyclanil (CLiK™ and CLiKZiN™).
2. Benzoyl Phenyl Urea (BPU) compounds, for example, diflubenzuron (Zenith®) and triflumuron (Zapp®).
Blowfly resistance to treatments
Lucilia species of blowflies have a remarkable ability to develop resistance to various chemicals used to control or prevent flystrike. Resistance is first shown as a shorter than expected period of protection, even if the product is correctly applied at the right dosage. Strains of L. cuprina and L. sericata resistant to diazinon, an organophosphate, have been recorded throughout New Zealand.3 A large study run in 2010 to 2011 confirmed the presence of triflumuron resistant European Green Blowflies4 in New Zealand, most particularly in North Western regions of the North Island.
Blowfly resistance management guidelines
Minimising the losses caused by blowfly strike requires a planned preventative treatment approach using effective products applied at the correct time.
Resistance management also needs to be factored in when planning blowfly strike prevention programmes, with sheep farmers needing to recognise that flies could develop resistance to any chemical. Recommendations for resistance management of sheep ectoparasites in New Zealand are in their infancy, however, the Australian sheep industry has well-established blowfly strike and licecontrol strategies that should be considered for use in New Zealand.5 A key recommendation is to manage blowfly strike and lice as separate issues.
Each parasite should be treated with an effective product at the appropriate time. In many cases, this strategy will involve the use of different products and application methods at different times of the year.
Another important recommendation is that products should be applied as closely as possible to label guidelines. For all products including CLiK, CLiKZiN, Cyrex Liquid, Vetrazin Liquid and Vetrazin Spray On, a shorter period of protection may occur if they applied incorrectly, if there is excessive fleece soiling or if wool infections such as mycotic dermatitis (fleece rot) are present. Heavy rain following application of this product may also diminish the period of protection against flystrike.
For more information around blowfly strike this summer, contact your local PGG Wrightson Technical Field Representative.
SUPPLIED BY ELANCO1Heath, A. & Bishop, D.M. (1995). Blowfly strike in New Zealand. Surveillance 22(2):11–13.
The Country's Jamie Mackay and our General Manager Peter Newbold talk through their monthly overview of the rural real estate market.Also available is the summer 2018 Issue of Rural Property Pulse. Produced quarterly for nationwide distribution, this publication contains relevant and up-to-date information on rural real estate. Read the summer issue here.
Sheep and beef farmers are poised to capitalise on excellent pasture production after the moist end to the spring.
PGG Wrightson South Island Livestock Manager Shane Gerken says most districts experienced good spring growing conditions, with an extra boost over the past few weeks.
“Although NIWA was predicting a dry summer, after the recent prolonged wet spell through much of the country, that looks unlikely to commence any time soon. Farmers are looking to capitalise on some exceptional pasture production.
“For sheep and beef farmers, the main spring focus was lamb finishing and cattle sales. As the lamb schedule is holding up at record highs, most sheep farmers remain positive, and store lambs will be highly sought after.
“Lambing percentages are also at record levels, with plenty of sets of twins surviving. For that reason, lambs may be slightly slower to reach required weights this season, despite the quantity of feed available. Demand for store lambs reflects the ongoing confidence in the lamb schedule, as well as the positive feed situation,” he says.
Meanwhile, in the cattle market, farmers are showing a preference for traditional well-bred beef breeds.
“These are achieving a premium over dairy beef. Rain has also strengthened that market, with an abundance of cattle offered for spring sale. Compared to last year, cattle prices have therefore eased slightly, reflecting where the schedule has gone. Tight killing space at the works has also negatively impacted pricing.
“Hundred kilogram bull calves started to sell in late spring. In an ongoing trend, buyers showed a marked preference for single origin animals. This is a response to the risk of mycoplasma bovis. Traceability has become a more highly favoured attribute this season.
“Although prices for prime beef are down on where they were last season, cattle are still likely to sell well through the summer, albeit at slightly lower prices than last season,” says Shane.
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