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HE Upper Torrens Land Management
Project has again taken the lead in assist-
ing landowners prepare their properties
and themselves for the pending bushfire sea-
Monday, October 18 in Mount Pleasant saw
the first of five community meetings get
(November 8) and
(November 15) -- it's
all systems go.
Country Fire Service community education
officer Jeff Ayres and Sergeant John McMahon
from South Australia Police present informa-
tion to landholders about what to expect,
preparing property and bushfire plans, and
what you can do to prevent and/or assist dur-
ing a fire event.
These sessions are designed to provide land-
holders with a good understanding of bushfire
behaviour and tips on how to ensure you and
your family are well-prepared and well-
Not preparing yourselves or your properties
creates anxiety and often induces panic, but
the key message is to prepare a bushfire plan
and practice it -- this will reduce your stress
and help you cope in
a fire event.
The UTLMP pro-
motes the link
between good land
landholders to pre-
pare a holistic property plan which helps iden-
tify issues and risks associated with bushfire
management," project manager Gerry Butler
"We strongly recommend that all landhold-
ers in the Upper Torrens attend one of the
meetings on offer."
• Need to know more?
Gerry Butler or Kim Thompson 8568 1876.
Fire meetings held Beat blowfly strike during summer
By WAYNE MOSSOP
Animal Health Officer
MORE than eight fly species can cause flystrike
in sheep in South Australia. The shiny, green
'sheep blowfly', Lucilia cuprina, initiates more
than 90 per cent of blowfly strike.
There are three factors that determine the risk
of flystrike in the flock: susceptible sheep,
female flies ready to lay eggs, and suitable
Sheep susceptibility is influenced by breech
wrinkle and cover, faecal dags, fleece rot, body
wrinkle, lumpy wool, dermatitis, wool colour,
structural conformation, wool staining, physical
injury and existing strike.
Warm and moist conditions favour both activ-
ity of blowflies and the development of predis-
posing conditions in sheep. These conditions
occur most often in spring and autumn and dur-
ing prolonged wet conditions in summer.
The five main types of flystrike are:
• Body strike -- occurs in sweaty skin folds,
active dermatitis scabs, areas of fleece rot or
areas of skin trauma such as dog bites or grass
seed puncture sites or sometimes shearing cuts.
• Breech (or crutch) strike -- a susceptible
area because of its many folds and continuous
potential to be moist, urine-soaked, or even cov-
ered in faeces in scouring sheep.
• Poll strike -- occurs mainly in rams that
have been fighting and have broken the skin on
the tops of their heads.
• Flystrike on feet -- occurs when there is a
pre-existing foot condition such as footrot, der-
matitis and foot abscesses.
• Pizzle strike -- the pizzle area of a male
sheep becomes moist and urine-soaked. Sheep
grazing in long wet grass that keeps the belly
wool moist are at greatest risk. Strikes begin-
ning around the pizzle can travel up the sides of
Sheep with interdigital dermatitis (foot scald)
or footrot are more prone to flystrike, which can
spread to the sheep's brisket (chest) through
contact with its feet while it is sitting down.
Therefore, sheep that initially have a bit of scald
could easily die from body strike in suitable con-
ditions if they are not treated for the scald, and
given preventative treatment for flystrike.
For strike on woolly areas, clip the wool away
from the affected area at least 50 millimetres
around the strike.
Areas of damp fleece on an otherwise dry
sheep are a good indication that there is fly-
strike on the skin below.
Treating flystrike on feet involves killing mag-
gots in the feet and treating the problem that
initially caused the strike. Contact your veteri-
narian or local Biosecurity SA animal health offi-
cer for advice on a suitable foot paring and
Manually removing maggots from the affect-
ed area greatly helps in the sheep's recovery.
Chemicals can also be applied to kill any
remaining maggots and offer future protection -
some offer an extended protection period
against flystrike (up to 14 weeks), though they
could be slow to kill maggots (up to three
days). Other chemicals will kill maggots almost
instantly but offer a shorter period of protection
(seven to 10 days). For severe cases of flystrike,
it is wise to use a chemical that will kill any pre-
sent maggots quickly.
• Need to know more?
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