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Making More Money from Mohair! – Still spaces left! – 2-3 Oct 2018


AMMO Ltd will present a marvellous opportunity for a limited number of producers to be schooled in proper preparation of their mohair clip. A highly knowledgeable and experienced classer from overseas will assist us to present this informative, not to be missed, training.  This two day event will present producers with an ideal opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the International mohair scene, the market needs, the potential for growth and the rewards for better production and preparation. We are holding this 2 day school October 2nd and 3rd 2018 here in Narrandera and once again stress that only a  limited number of participants will be accepted. Learn about classing to International Standards and what potential this can unlock for you and your mohair. Restricted numbers will allow for specialised tuition!
The event will be an ideal opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the International mohair scene, the market needs, the potential for growth, and the rewards for better production and preparation.

It’s an opportunity not to be missed! You can be one to differentiate yourself from other producers and smile all the way to the bank if you apply the knowledge from the event.

Again—it will be a limited opportunity for a maximum of 20 participants so get in early to reserve your place. If you have already registered an interest in attending, please confirm with the office.

We do hope to run similar events in the future, but don’t miss out. Contact the office to register today. Cost will be $200 per person with lunches included both days. Phone, fax or email today!

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For Sale
40 Angora Does for sale $100 each
2 years old, unjoined, shorn 14.4.18
Formerly Iluska Angora Stud established 1976, ending an era due to ill health and retirement.
Ph 02 63 77 5222
A & S Klepper
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Following on from our brief note in the B2017 newsletter we contacted Dr Kiri Westphalen BSc BVMS Masters student in Goat Medicine at CSU, for a more definitive view on Lice treatment for Angoras. Dr Westphalen provided the following:

Eradication of lice is essential for successful mohair production given the severity of ensuing fleece and skin damage. However, several factors must be considered when treating animals for lice; the lice themselves, shearing cycle, drug efficacy and worm management protocol.  

 

Lice

  • Lice are roughly classified as sucking lice (like flies) or biting lice (like mosquitoes). Biting lice tend to cause more severe damage however the overlap is significant. Because of this overlap, the extent of fleece damage does not determine what type of lice you have. This can only be determined microscopically. Which lice you have determines which type of product is going to be effective i.e a dip works best on both types, while oral or injectable treatments work better for biting lice. Using a product that treats both means determining which type of lice is present unimportant.
  • Lice are species-specific. This means that although the lice will be present on the skin of other animals, the lice cannot reproduce on anything but goats. Making sure you treat every goat on the property will ensure eradication. Failing to do so will cause a persistence of the infection and further treatments.

 

Shearing Cycle

  • Different types of products will have different efficiency depending on how much fleece is on the goats.
  • Dips and backlines are effective only on animals that are just shorn up to about 3weeks off shears. The drug has best access to the skin and absorption. Although there are products that claim efficacy when animals are in full fleece, these tend to be directed at sheep rather than angoras. Given the differences between a full sheep fleece and a full goat fleece, this claim is unlikely to be substantiated.
  • Oral and injectable lice treatments have a similar efficacy regardless of the amount of fleece on the animal.

 

Drug Efficacy

  • Rather than going through each product on the market, this is a list of drugs that will treat lice on goats.
  • Pyrethrins and synthetic pyrethroids: Commonly found in cat and dog flea shampoos. Effective against both sucking and biting lice. Available as dip and pour on.
  • Avermectin (ivermectin, doramectin) and moxidectin: Commonly found in worm drenches for livestock. Effective against sucking lice and partially against biting lice. Available as pour on and subcutaneous injection. Drenches containing these drugs do not treat lice.
  • Fipronil: Commonly found in cat and dog ‘spot-on’ flea treatments. Effective against sucking and biting lice. Cat and dog ‘spot-on’ flea treatments used on goats.

 

Worm Management Protocol

  • As mentioned above, avermectins are found in many worm drenches. IF you choose to use an avermectin product, you must withhold oral drenching for 4weeks. The pour-on or injections will treat intestinal worms for this time.

(For more information head to http://www.wormboss.com.au/programs/goats.php )

Other Considerations

  • Regardless of the treatment used, no product is completely effective against eggs and nits. For this reason, repeat treatment in 10-14days is recommended.
  • Remember a lot of products available are not registered for use in goats. This does not mean these products cannot be used in goats but it does mean that the drug company will not be responsible for any adverse effects of using their products on goats. Provided an appropriate dose is determined (talk to a local vet), most sheep products can be used in goats.

 

Recommendations

  • Off shears: Pyrethrin based backline. Repeat treatment 10-14days.
  • Partial or full fleece: Avermectin injection withholding oral drenching if due. Repeat treatment 10-14days. Treat with pyrethrin backline when off shears as above.
  • REMEMBER you must treat every goat on your property. If you have a feral goat problem, it is recommended to integrate a lice control protocol into your yearly management plan. If not, instigating a quarantine protocol for new introductions will eliminate the need to treat the entire herd once the lice is eliminated.
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AMMO’s warehouse has resumed normal operating times from Today 10th January 2018. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome back our existing clients and also to encourage new clients to get in touch. We hope you had a relaxing holiday season and that the weather has been kind. Our first sale for 2018 will be held on 1st June with receivals closing on 13th April. Please help us by getting in any fibre as soon as it is shorn to avoid a late rush.
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 NLIS is Australia’s system for the identification and tracing of goats for biosecurity, food safety, product integrity and market access purposes. Producers are required to know where there goats are and where they have come from and in future this system may be a tool that assists with trace-ability and a sustainability plan for the industry. The first step is to apply for a Property Identification Number or PIC issued by your state department of primary industries or agriculture. Then purchase ear tags containing this unique number and keep a record of which goats have which ear tags. Even properties with just a small number of goats must comply.
For more information on the NSW requirements click here. NLIS for goats
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Are you interested in producing mohair for the “weaving market?”

Koorana is pleased to offer for sale:-

WEAVING MOHAIR STARTER FLOCKS

TAGGED WEAVING SIRES

APPROVED WEAVING BREEDING DOES – Stud or Commercial

SEMEN FROM TAGGED WEAVING SIRES

Enquiries and inspections welcome

Juliana and Jeff Neve

Phone: 02 6383 6148
(1/9/15)

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