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June 2012 Newsletter

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Newsletter June 2012

 OFFERS!! 

There is currently a cash back offer on Ivomec Super and Eprinex:

£10.00 on 500ml Ivomec Super or 2.5 litres Eprinex

£25.00 on 1 litre Ivomec Super or 5 litres Eprinex

Offer ends 30th June 2012 

COPPER 24/7 

We have sourced an alternative to Copprite boluses.  We are currently offering a

24 x 24g box of Copper 24/7 bolus for £32.00 plus VAT or 6 boxes at £30.00 each plus VAT

 FLUKE AND SUMMER GRAZING

Recent wet summers have resulted in the potential for significant fluke problems this year.  Many experts now agree that it is no longer enough to routinely treat cattle for fluke at housing; farmers with a risk of fluke must treat during the grazing season as well. 

Traditionally the fluke problem in cattle is addressed at housing, however to reduce liver damage and production losses it is also necessary to treat for fluke at grazing.  By treating for worms and fluke from 8 weeks post turnout, farmers will not only reduce damage to the liver but also help to control re-infection of the pasture. 

As soon as cattle are turned out, they ingest fluke larvae that have overwintered on the pasture.  These fluke will grow and develop in the cattle’s livers causing potentially irreversible damage before they are treated at housing. 

The immature burrowing stage causes the most damage to the liver tissue.  This is happening when cattle are at grass and can seriously reduce live weight gain.  Many flukicides, including Clorsulon, Albendazole or Oxyclozanide are only licensed to control adult fluke and have little or no effect on burrowing immature fluke in the liver.  Closamectin Pour-On is the easy and convenient choice for treatment of fluke and worms at grass. 

TREATMENT 8-10 WEEKS POST TURNOUT WILL :

 Kill GI worms and lungworms

  • Kill adult fluke in the bile ducts
  • Kill late immature fluke within the liver
  • Reduce the number of eggs being laid on pasture which then hatch and infect
  • snails in summer. 

VACCINATING FOR SHEEP ABORTION 

1.  If you have a problem with Toxoplasmosis in your flock you should vaccinate ewes with TOXOVAX before the next breeding season.  We have been assured that the supplies will be good this year. 

2.   If you have a problem with Enzootic abortion (Chlamydia) you should vaccinate ewes with ENZOVAX or CEVA CHLAMYDIA before the next breeding season.   Due to problems with supply of ENZOVAX in the past we have purchased CEVAC CHLAMYDIA this year.   We have 2,000 doses in the fridge and would advise you to stock up whilst it’s available. 

3.   If you have experienced abortions, stillborns or weakly lambs this year you should consider blood sampling the ewes in question.  The blood sample can usually pinpoint retrospectively the cause of the abortion, stillborn etc and allow you to choose a suitable vaccine

 ORDERING MEDICINES IN BULK 

We would like to remind you all to avail yourself of our bulk price offers.  Basically, by buying your medicines in bulk you will be guaranteed a very competitive price.

PLEASE ASK US FOR THE BEST WAY TO BUY 

JUBILEE BANK HOLIDAY OPENING 

Our offices will be closed on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th June.  Please note that medicine collection can be made from the Bridgwater office by appointment only. 

POSTAGE STAMPS 

With the price of a first class stamp now costing 60p we would like to remind clients that monthly invoices can be paid by direct debit or by BACS – just call any of our offices if you would like to arrange this form of payment in future.