TIDYING UP: Dr Matt Ball, beef producer Kerrod Pierce, Dr Neil Farmer, Kate Jackson, from the Fitzroy Basin Association, and producer Donald McCartney.
TIDYING UP: Dr Matt Ball, beef producer Kerrod Pierce, Dr Neil Farmer, Kate Jackson, from the Fitzroy Basin Association, and producer Donald McCartney. Contributed

Not ticking off the producers

PRODUCERS in the region received critical information about sustainable tick and worm management.

Virbac Australia's Parasite Management Roadshow stopped off in Banana with a team of industry experts running seminars designed to help beef producers understand best practice use of drenching products for tick and worm control.

Rockhampton district vet and beef producer Dr Neil Farmer highlighted the burning topics covered for producers.

These seminars covered the latest local findings, examined the tick life cycle and highlighted best practice use of drenching products for tick and worming control.

"Getting an effective tick-control on farm that is cost-effective,” Dr Farmer said.

"It was great to be able to share our knowledge and help producers and vets take the necessary steps to safeguard their livestock.

Comparing the market products was a key focus of the seminars to help producers make the best cost-effective choices in the future.

"It's more about comparing different products on the market and talking about resistance issues, life-cycle of ticks and why some short-acting products don't work so well compared to some of the long-acting products,” Dr Farmer said.

"Long-acting products that can control the life-cycle of ticks and really get on top of the population in the paddock and the animal itself.

"You can dip the cattle with no residual effect or long-term effect and put them back in an infected paddock and your no better off.

"Whereas these long-acting products you can really clean up the paddock and reduce the tick population.”

Dr Farmer highlighted that sometimes producers need more information on how to take advantage of the best treatment methods and products to help save them hundreds, if not thousands of dollars a year.

"Sometimes they're driven on the dollar value based on per product,” Dr Farmer said.

"Working it back on a per head basis and the effectiveness of each product, cheaper isn't always better.”