Parasite Alert: Barber's Pole Worm - Elders Rural Services

Parasite Alert: Barber’s Pole Worm

Conditions are now ideal for the proliferation of Barber’s Pole Worm. Cool nights and mild days with an abundance of green feed provide the perfect environment for a rapid worm build up.


Barber’s Pole Worm is hard to detect as sheep do not scour. Look out for these sypmtoms:

  • lethargy
  • depression
  • anaemia (acute cases)

Suggested action

Conduct faecal egg counts at least every 3 weeks, especially in young sheep.

Monitor lambs and weaners closely. If you notice sheep falling behind while mustering drench immediately and leave alone.

Barber's Pole Worm Mob Risk Level

Risk FactorsHighMediumLow
Age< 1 yo2 yo & CFA3, 4 & 5 yo
PastureShort green with dry canopyLong greenLong dry
Grazing history
(last 3-6 months)
Early to mid-lactation ewes or weanersLate lactation or pregnant ewesDry sheep
Stocking rateHighMediumLow
WeatherCool and wet
(18 to 25 C)
Warm and wet
(25 to 30 C)
ConditionsCool nights, morning dewsCool nightsDry nights
FEC300+100 - 300< 100
Last drench> 6 weeks4 - 6 weeks< 4 weeks

Article written by Rob Inglis, Elders Livestock Production Manager – contact Rob.

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