Are Scabivax applicators the worst vaccine applicator in the world?

Jrp221

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Cornwall
Definately!! Hate them, surely there's a better way on doing it (I'm sure this is the best way but it doesn't mean I don't hate it) Infact I hate it so much i let my OH do it, and he hates it too!!
 

David.

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Mixed Farmer
Location
J11 M40
They are a vast improvement on the old method, where the vial of vax had a couple of wires stuck out of the end, and with which you were expected to scratch the sheep.
But it's still a crap system.
And to be fair, because there is less waste, you can now likely do 60+ lambs per pot, instead of sometimes way under 50.
 

Stockwell

Member
Won’t need to put up with them for much longer. Scabivax being discontinued, I believe, according to my vet, the last of the vaccine has now been made so when stocks run out, that’s it.
 

yellowbelly

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
N.Lincs
I hope they come up with an alternative! The loss of production in ewe and lamb can have a massive effect.
There's been one for ages.......
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.....FRO buckets.
There's a bonus too...........

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............they do their own 'applicating' (although it's better if they stick their head's in rather than their feet :facepalm: )
 

yellowbelly

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Livestock Farmer
Location
N.Lincs
Does it actually work?
Stopped using Scabivax four or five years ago when the price went up. They have access to the buckets more or less from birth but they don't use them unless they need them.
See the occasional one with a blister but we did when we were scratching.

Started using the DXO buckets last year (they do cocci as well). That saves drenching them with Vecoxan too.
 

copse

Member
Location
Rutland
Stopped using Scabivax four or five years ago when the price went up. They have access to the buckets more or less from birth but they don't use them unless they need them.
See the occasional one with a blister but we did when we were scratching.

Started using the DXO buckets last year (they do cocci as well). That saves drenching them with Vecoxan too.
Do you have to keep ewes away from the buckets or don’t they bother with them?
 
Stopped using Scabivax four or five years ago when the price went up. They have access to the buckets more or less from birth but they don't use them unless they need them.
See the occasional one with a blister but we did when we were scratching.

Started using the DXO buckets last year (they do cocci as well). That saves drenching them with Vecoxan too.
We never used to scratch until we came to the current farm, which did have an off problem to be fair. I remember moaning about it on the telephone one day to one of my elderly neighbours from where we used to farm. Always remember him saying ‘just stop doing them’ he said you’ll have a year of pain then you’ll never need to do them again.

Reluctantly we did, not by pure choice , as the spring was particularly late,wet and cold and the lambs were stressed enough at marking. We’ve never seen it again, he was right.

Only reason I can think is we were constantly breaking orfs cycle by scratching and by letting it complete its course it may have burnt itself out? Anyways it’s not here on anything now thankfully
 

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