Beef producers needed to complete researcher’s survey about parasites

5 AUGUST 2019

Beef producers needed to complete researcher’s survey about parasites

The research aims to understand producer knowledge of and attitudes towards parasites in cattle.

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Beef cattle producers are being encouraged to take part in a survey as part of Charles Sturt University (Charles Sturt) research to understand the impact of  parasites on the industry.

As part of her research through the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, PhD student Ms Cara Wilson (pictured) has investigated over 1.2 million cattle.

“Based on our studies, the proportion of cattle infected with some parasites could be as high as 33 per cent,” Ms Wilson said.

“We need to understand producers’ knowledge about parasitic diseases and their farm management practices to develop and implement cost-effective and practical control practices.”

The research team is seeking producers who are currently involved in the Australian beef industry, either as farm owners or managers, to take part in the survey.

Prior knowledge of parasites is not required.

Participants must own or manage at least one beast that is or will be used for beef production, and must be at least 18 years old.

The anonymous survey will take about 30 minutes to complete and is available at  

At the conclusion of the study, factsheets that summarise the results of the survey will be available.

The survey will remain open until Friday 16 August 2019.

Media Note:

Ms Cara Wilson is based in Wagga Wagga. To arrange interviews contact Graham Centre communications officer Emily Malone on 0439 552 385 or email

The survey has been approved by the Charles Sturt Human Research Ethics Committee.

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