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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2007-08
LIceboSSTM : ONLINE TOOL JOINS FIgHT AgAINST LICE LiceBossTM was developed under an AWI-funded project with the help of Feedback from growers has helped a team of pest management experts from across Australia to compile best practice information about lice treatments into a decision support tool that is accessible through the internet. Called LiceBossTM , the computer tool aims to help with tricky lice-management issues while providing cost-benefit and chemical residue estimates that are associated with different treatment strategies. Issued in December 2007, it guides woolgrowers through the complex process of deciding what to do (when to shear, when to treat and with which product) when they discover lice on their sheep. It helps minimise the loss of production and the risk of chemical residues in wool. scientists from the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries and Water, the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia, and the Victorian Department of Primary Industry. The scientists integrated information across the spectrum of lice-control issues and produced a set of queries that guide the user through a minefield of inter-related risks, costs and benefits. To facilitate access, the database is divided into modules dealing with lice eradication in short wool, treatment in long wool, and strategies for pregnant ewes or ewes with lambs. Throughout the development process, programmers never lost sight of on-farm realities, so that a support module is available covering the spectrum of registered lice-control products. A further tool is included that monitors the chemical residue impacts of various treatments, which is particularly valuable when aiming for residue-sensitive wool markets. Choices made when working through LiceBossTM can be further tested with the Treatment Assessment module. This checks the probability of achieving eradication from an on-farm treatment and provides suggestions for improving treatment technique and efficacy. There is also a Rubbing Assessment tool, to determine whether rubbing is likely to be due to lice or other causes, which feeds into a way of estimating lice numbers by simply considering the amount of rubbing and fleece biting. Complementing the tools is the Lice Info area containing the latest information about the economic impact of lice, chemical resistance and residues, in addition to on-farm biosecurity measures to prevent lice infestations. More information: www.liceboss.com.au AWI 07/08 ANNUAL 29
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