Friday December the 1st saw 25 attendees at the Worms and Weeds Equine Landcare Field Day in Serpentine. Structured to focus on summer time management of weeds and how to change your worming routine as the weather heats up, the interest in the events shows how horse property owners are keen on managing their properties and changing practices to suit the season.
While many of use struggle with weed management on horse properties Mark and Rhiannon from Western Envirapest & Weed Solutions encouraged land managers to stop being reactive and start a weed management plan that looks at long term outcomes. While Western Envirapest & Weed Solutions offer a range of weed control services, the presentation focused on getting your weed control to a level where basic equipment and man power can keep it manageable. With over 16yrs experience including weed control on horse properties, being horse property owners themselves, and even writing weed control articles for Hoofbeats, Western Envirapest & Weed Solutions are a great resource when you are assessing your weed control needs. Attendees were spoiled with some great information and handouts from Western Envirapest & Weed Solutions . These handouts can be a emailed out to those interested just email email@example.com.
We also have the power point presentation from Dr Caroline Jacobson from Murdoch Uni on fecal egg counts and how you can use them to decrease the use of worming products with more strategic management, again please email if you are interested in reading this.
Dr Caroline Jacobson BSc BVMS(HonI) PhD Senior Lecturer – Nutrition & Biochemistry talked about summer vs winter worm management, how the heat can change your worm regime and how to manage worms in a paddock rotation system. Attendees even got some advice on dung beetle safe products – Equest.
Dr Caroline manages the company WormWatch that offers fecal egg counts. Used on a range of livestock – not just for horses, WormWatch can estimate how many worm eggs are in a manure sample. This can be used to monitor the effectiveness of a worming treatment by sampling before and after, or it can be used to decide if worming treatment is necessary at all. It was quickly pointed out that it is often the best looking horse in the paddock that is carrying the highest worm count, so condition is not a helpful dianostic tool when worms are conc erened.
There was also pasture management advice given out to reduce worm spread. Strategies like not spreading fresh manure over heavily grazed areas, regular manure removal, resting paddocks and worm survival times in winter vs summer.
Did you know that inside manure piles worms can survive for 32 weeks during winter and 11 weeks during summer, harrowing manure piles reduces this by more than two thirds!
Attendees also took home the useful Southern Weeds and their Control booklet to help with weed identification and control on their properties. Keep a look out for our next field day planned for earl 2018. Register your interest to attend or maybe to host a field day to firstname.lastname@example.org