The AVA Annual Conference is the nation’s premier veterinary event, covering all fields of veterinary science and in 2017 brought together over 920 veterinary professionals and 115 exhibitors.

We hope you will join us for the 2018 AVA Annual Conference in Brisbane, 13-18 May.    
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Thursday, May 17 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Emerging strategies for sheep flystrike control Part 1

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A long awaited upturn in wool and lamb prices has restored the profitability of sheep production, but there are a number of ongoing challenges. In no aspect of sheep production is this more evident than in the management of flystrike risk. Sheep producers are faced with continuing cost of production pressures and the need to maximise labour efficiency. Possible reductions in the efficacy of fly control products from the development of resistance and the potential effects of climate change are potential concerns, if not well managed. In addition, a ‘social licence to operate’ and retaining the trust of customers, consumers and community that production methods are ethical and sustainable has become an increasingly important consideration in maintaining the competitiveness of sheep products and access to high value markets. The first part of this presentation will examine some of these issues, review current practice and consider recent and potential new technologies. The second part of the presentation will discuss on-property approaches and practices that are developing to address these concerns and will consider the veterinarian’s role in facilitating the adoption of efficient and ethical flystrike control systems.


Peter James

QAAFi, University of Queensland
Peter was Senior Principal Research Scientist and leader of the Integrated Parasite Management Group at the Queensland Government’s Animal Research Institute before joining QAAFI’s Centre for Animal Science at the University of Queensland in October 2010. This followed more than... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Plaza P3 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre