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  1. Elanco Technical Advisor

    The true cost of ketosis lies in effect on cow health

    The true cost of ketosis lies in effect on cow health Kate Heller MRCVS Elanco Ruminant Technical Consultant and Dairy Farmer Approximately 75% of disease in dairy cows typically happens in the first month after calving (Ref 1), with around half of dairy cows experiencing some sort of...
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    Open Letter - Sheep industry experts stand together to urge action now

    An open letter to all sheep farmers We would like to bring to your attention advice from the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) group regarding the use of the two newer wormer groups (4-AD orange (Zolvix™) and 5-SI purple Startect). Use of these two newer groups has more than...
  3. Elanco Technical Advisor

    Make the most of your blowfly products

    Correct application is important for all animal medicines, especially blowfly control. Taking a little time to plan and think about the whole task in hand before you do anything will save you time and ensure you make the most out of your products. When applying insect growth regulators like the...
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    TFF Question and Answer Session: Fly and Fluke

    Thank you all for your questions to the Farming Forum, we appreciate your interest in the subject matter. The Elanco team are sorry for the delay in answering, however due to our commitment to ensure the quality and accuracy in our responses, it is taken longer than anticipated to be able to...
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    TFF Question and Answer Session: Fly and Fluke

    Hi #Frank-the-Wool All medicines go through rigorous safety and efficacy tests before they are licensed for use. The ‘safety’ part covers both the target animal and the user, hence the recommendations for appropriate protective clothing for people handling or applying these products. For more...
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    TFF Question and Answer Session: Fly and Fluke

    Hi #Hughesy Every farm and every season is different, so it is not possible to give a “blue print” plan that will give the best level of control. Doing some monitoring to see when the fluke challenge starts each season and to see how heavy the challenge is will help decide when to start...
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    TFF Question and Answer Session: Fly and Fluke

    Hi #Yale The risk will be lower but there may still be some contamination with fluke depending how long the pasture has been left empty. The risk will then depend on if there are any snail habitats (snails only need small wet areas – poached areas around water troughs are ideal snail habitats...
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    TFF Question and Answer Session: Fly and Fluke

    Hi #Old Tip In high risk fluke areas, especially in high risk years, drenching alone will not give optimal or sustainable liver fluke control. There are 4 key points to consider: Protecting the pasture from contamination with fluke eggs. Pasture management to reduce the snail population...
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    TFF Question and Answer Session: Fly and Fluke

    Hi #jade35 . In ideal conditions, the eggs can survive on pasture for at least a year. The “larval stages” (i.e the stage that hatches from the egg or escapes from the mud snail) are very short lived. but the tough cyst stage on the pasture ( the metacercaria) can survive for many months, so...
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    TFF Question and Answer Session: Fly and Fluke

    Hi #andybk Liver fluke eggs can survive on pasture for some considerable time, and a few adult liver fluke can produce a very large number of eggs (in the region of 50000 eggs per day), so if the pasture has a mud snail habitat, a few rabbits, hares or deer can maintain the liver fluke...
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    TFF Question and Answer Session: Fly and Fluke

    Hi #Frank the Wool It is always important to follow the guidelines on the product packaging before applying any product. After 10 weeks Crovect residue will be low and if the fleece is washed then most of it should be removed but we have not done any tests so cannot give a definitive answer...
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    TFF Question and Answer Session: Fly and Fluke

    Hi #Bury the Trash. There are a variety of products available for blowfly including Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs) such as CLiK which has 16 weeks protection for the prevention of blowfly strike (Lucilia sericata or Wohlfahrtia magnifica) and CLiKZiN which has 8 weeks protection and a short...
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    TFF Question and Answer Session: Fly and Fluke

    #Frank-the-Wool - The SP products will also persist on the fleece for sometime, and although there are no specific warnings in relation to shearing after application, it would be good practice to wear protective clothing if the sheep have to be handled during the expected period of activity...
  14. Elanco Technical Advisor

    TFF Question and Answer Session: Fly and Fluke

    #Yale - We obviously do not manufacture the flexothane trousers so can only go on farmers own past experiences with them.
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    TFF Question and Answer Session: Fly and Fluke

    Hi #Yale sorry to hear that we will certainly make a note of your experience with the flexothane trousers. Have you tried the Monsoon ones.
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    TFF Question and Answer Session: Fly and Fluke

    Hi @Yale. Flexothane trousers are ok and not affected by Crovect. Monsoon trousers are also ok. Ramblers trousers are a definite no no
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