Duck Shooting 2020, if you are allowed that is! - Beware of unwanted surprises. Dan Lynch
It’s almost that time of the year again when many farms will be having visitors for the duck shooting season, both two and four legged, well here’s hoping with this level 3 lock down at present we don’t know what the future may bring. If duck shooting is a goer for 2020, to reduce the risk of an unpleasant surprise on kill sheets in coming months sheep farmers who have duck shooters coming onto their farms are advised to establish some requirements before the visitors bring dogs with them.
Dan Lynch, of Ovis Management Ltd said across the country many hundreds of dogs are taken onto farms for duck shooting. To protect stock, farmers need to make it clear to any duck shooters bringing dogs, that the dogs need to be treated for sheep measles at least 48 hours and no more than a month before coming onto their properties.
“It’s no good dosing the dogs on arrival. They need to be treated a few days before they arrive as dogs can shed sheep measles eggs up to 48 hours after treatment” he said. “They should also have some form of evidence this has been done, best of all is a treatment certificate or a receipt from their Vet.” All Vet Clinics stock products to treat dogs using either Allwormers or straight tapeworm tablets - both of which are effective for removing sheep measles tapeworms from dogs.
While farmers are doing a great job in keeping sheep measles at low levels, foreign dogs present a risk to on-farm biosecurity and each year following duck shooting farmers incur losses from sheep measles arising from visiting dogs.
“A phone conversation prior to duck shooting with hunters who intend to come onto your farm is well worth having and can save a lot of grief not to mention the potential loss of thousands of dollars ” he said.
For more information contact Ovis Management or visit www.sheepmeasles.co.nz