Bad fly season prompts AWI ‘It’s Fly Time’ flystrike webinar

Sheep Central, January 22, 2021

WOOL growers in some areas were enduring the worst flystrike season in at least five years, according to Australian Wool Innovation’s General Manager of Research Dr Jane Littlejohn.

AWI will run a new webinar called ‘It’s Fly Time!’ on 29 January and Dr Littlejohn said it is timely and important.

“Due to ongoing summer rains across many of Australia’s sheep regions, growers are experiencing a tough fly season.

“It is the worst season in many areas in at least five years,” she said.

“This is a practical guide to flystrike prevention, monitoring and treatment, all which play key roles in flystrike management.”

Dr Littlejohn emphasised proactive management of the problem is important for sheep welfare.

“Flystrike remains a priority research investment area for AWI on behalf of Australian woolgrowers. AWI runs regular seminars, invests in ParaBoss and has online ‘how to guides’ for growers but the time is right to watch the webinar and deal with the problem.

The webinar will assist growers in managing high-risk fly conditions, with tips for preventing flystrike, prioritising sheep for monitoring and treatment and options for when it does occur. There will also be handy factsheets for further information and links.

Respected veterinarian and sheep consultant, Dr Tim Gole will run the one-hour webinar on Friday, 29 January at 1 pm AEDST.

For further information and long-term strategies for flystrike management in your flock, visit the AWI website at  and FlyBoss at”

Register now for the webinar at



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  1. John Karlsson, January 22, 2021

    In some areas of the sheep industry, pest and parasite control means various chemical options. In my opinion, sustainable control must also include genetic selection options.

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