ANIMAX 3 in 1 sheep bolus

Discussion in 'Livestock & Forage' started by scottish-lleyn, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. Anybody using these boluses. I normally use agrimin smart trace plus. Would need two boluses with the animax but even then still alot smaller.
     
  2. GTB

    GTB Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion, wales
    We used them for a couple of years. They did make a difference to the sheep there's no doubt but they were very fiddly to administer. We were bolusing for cobalt, selenium and copper so needed three boluses together. Have stopped bolusing completely now due to to many losses from bolusing injuries.
     
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  3. i just need the copper and cobalt really. What are you doing now to get the copper cobalt and selenium into the ewes?
     
  4. GTB

    GTB Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion, wales
    Spreading it onto the ground. Approx ten kg of powder per acre on one third of the grazing every year. Costs about £20 per treated acre.
     
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  5. i did not know that that was an option. Ive never heard of it. How long does the treated field maintain the levels?. Are the ewes showing good levels of the minirals in blood tests?(if you do them).
     
  6. The new boluses are combined,we had old stock ones so had to load three instead of two.

    @GTB ,I can't understand why you seem to have had problems bolusing.

    We've been bolusing well over 10 years and I can honestly say we've had no issues,yes some can be difficult however generally with patience it can be done satisfactorily.
     
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  7. Henarar

    Henarar Member

    Location:
    ZumerZet Somerset
    we use them
    no troubles
    only two boluses now inc copper only one without copper
     
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  8. GTB

    GTB Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion, wales
    I know, it's very frustrating but we were taking plenty of time to do them and still getting losses. I think it's the breed perhaps, they don't like being handled and would struggle as much as they could. Took some dead ones (mysterious deaths we thought) to the lab and were told they'd died from bolusing injuries. Were also told by our vet and the path lab too that it's a common occurrence and increasingly so. :(

    Even one of our vets has had problems. He says he can do his suffolks quite easily but the smaller commercial ewes struggle with him too.
     
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  9. Jonny_2

    Jonny_2 Member

    Used them the other day and got on fine, steady job but only to do once a year! Used the cobalt ones and selenium/iodine, both loaded into the gun and given as the same time
     
  10. I know what you mean,the pure Welsh seem particularly bad as just when you get the gun to position they will thrust forwards in a flash.

    It is certainly easier with cross breeds which are more towards docile.
     
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  11. exmoor dave

    exmoor dave Member

    Location:
    exmoor, uk

    I would say breed,
    I find a huge difference between bolusing suffolk mules (easy) and wilts/exlana's (difficult)

    Solution is put them through a clamp, no problems then.
    In a race the shedders and the few hill breeds we've had all thrash around soon as you try bolusing them.
     
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  12. GTB

    GTB Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion, wales
    Have had soil tests done and a blend of trace elements made up accordingly. As said, was advised to treat a third of the grazing each year. After three years we will re test the soil and we're hoping we'll need lower rates of application from then on. Only applied once so far so too early to comment on efficacy. Hoping to do some bloods in year two and three.
     
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  13. Bwcho

    Bwcho Member

    Location:
    Cymru
    I can't like that @GTB, but it's what I've heard and been told as well.

    I'm on the cusp of converting to bolusing, but this is the main issue that's holding me back.
    It's hard enough keeping them alive as it is, let alone introducing another novel way, of them achieving their goal in life.

    Interesting to hear that the issue might be breed dependant.
     
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  14. pgk

    pgk Member

    Location:
    south warwickshire
    No good for me with high molybdenum as this locks up copper so applying to land will have little effect. Have bolused twice a year for 2 years now with no losses, mix of lleyns and easy cares and their crosses. Have always done them in race and hold them with one hand fingers in jaw groove
    to hold head steady. Strangely rams often resist less.
     
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  15. GTB

    GTB Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion, wales
    Hill breeds and shedders seem to be much harder to bolus than more docile (and bigger) breeds.
     
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  16. Bullring

    Bullring Member

    Location:
    Cornwall
    The 3 in 1 ones are just one bolus per ewe and contain iodine, selenium and colbalt. Why do they need 2 unless you need copper which mine being texals don't. I used agrimin before and these are a doddle to administer compared to the massive agrimin bullets.
     
  17. cheggars

    cheggars Member

    Location:
    Montgomeryshire
    we do ours in a Richie crate, wouldn't like to do Welsh mountain in a race.
     
  18. yes i need copper aswell. Good to knkw they are easier than the agrimin
     
  19. Bullring

    Bullring Member

    Location:
    Cornwall
    I done some of mine last week and I reckon I bolused 50 with animax in the time it took me to do 20 with agrimin due to the fact the gun is smaller and they swallow them easier, wouldn't do them again if agrimin had to be used.
     
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  20. GTB

    GTB Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion, wales
    What breed of sheep?
     

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