Growth of populations of lice, Damalinia ovis, on sheep and their effects on production and processing performance of wool.

@article{Wilkinson1982GrowthOP,
  title={Growth of populations of lice, Damalinia ovis, on sheep and their effects on production and processing performance of wool.},
  author={Frances C. Wilkinson and G C de Chan{\'e}et and B R Beetson},
  journal={Veterinary parasitology},
  year={1982},
  volume={9 3-4},
  pages={
          243-52
        }
}
Merino sheep were artificially infested with lice, Damalinia ovis, and the quantity and processing performance of the wool they subsequently produced was compared with those of wool from uninfested sheep. The experiment was conducted in a winter rainfall region of Western Australia, and was repeated yearly for three years. Louse infestation depressed clean wool production by 0.3-0.8 kg per sheep but did not affect live weight. This represented loss of income to the farmer of about $A0.72 to $A1… CONTINUE READING

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