Flukeing cattle

Discussion in 'Livestock & Forage' started by Bossfarmer, Dec 7, 2018.

  1. are people sticking to their usual fluke programmes once they get the cattle in this winter? i understand the harsh spring and dry summer may have lowered fluke numbers this year so is it worth saving £10/cow on closamectin? nothings showing any signs of fluke at the moment
     
  2. lazy farmer

    lazy farmer Member

    Location:
    som/dor border
    Take a few samples
     
  3. Samcowman

    Samcowman Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Take samples. £10 a cow seems quite dear though and it doesn’t cover all stages of fluke.
     
  4. Half Pipe

    Half Pipe Member

    Is that a double dose, ie 1 at housing and a follow up 8weeks later to get the immature fluke?
    Or have you factored in a cost for applying closamectin?
    600kg cow costs less than £4 for closamectin pour on + Bit for applying it, but pour on doesnt take long.
     
  5. i usually wait 7 weeks then do it so it kills them all
     
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  6. i usually give them a bit extra to be sure and do the calves too
     
  7. Use something other than closamectin it's expensive and iirc it only kills 94% of adults which is pretty crap for something that costs so much.
     
  8. Hampton

    Hampton Member

    Location:
    Shropshire
    Done mine with endo fluke
     
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  9. willie waver

    willie waver Member

    Location:
    walking in the ayr
    are people getting trodax this winter? struggled to get it last winter and ordered some a month ago but haven't heard back yet
     
  10. sidjon

    sidjon Member

    Location:
    EXMOOR
    We had last lots of cows come back with very active fluke, we find it's worse in a dry year.
     
  11. frazMan

    frazMan New Member

    Had trodax ordered since June still ain’t got it good job cattle have only been in a week or so.
     
  12. Northeastfarmer

    Location:
    Cleveland
    You can’t get it atm
     
  13. davidroberts30

    Location:
    pembrokeshire
    You can give 500kg beasts 2 doses of bimectin plus for less than £2
     
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  14. ridger

    ridger Member

    Buy it cheaper, should be around 4 pounds a head
     
  15. I’ve decided not to fluke anything this winter,just ivermectin injection.
     
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  16. Spartacus

    Spartacus Member

    Location:
    Lancaster
    Pretty much what I was thinking. Save a few quid now to lose out on time on cows never mind potentially weaker and less viable calves come spring as well as core with any fluke in them? Seems a backward idea to me.
     
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  17. Samcowman

    Samcowman Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Yeah couldn’t get it in the summer either. Had a product recall I was told. Had to oral drench the fat stick at housing everything else will be getting a combination injection.
     
  18. Frank-the-Wool

    Location:
    East Sussex
    We always have a problem in a dry year where the animals are grazing the edges of ponds and ditches where the water levels have fallen. They are far more likely to pick up Fluke in these areas than in a normal year where they seldom bother to graze so close.
     
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  19. livestock 1

    livestock 1 Member

    Our sheep turned up with fluke in September. A month earlier than usual. Abattoir reports were showing fluke too. So it’s obviously here in the cattle too. They were dosed last month. If Closamectin cures your fluke issues you obviously don’t have much in the way of fluke to start with.
     
  20. glow worm

    glow worm Member

    Location:
    cornwall
    sounds like all beef and sheep comments here but how do you legally deal with fluke in lactating cows? Plenty of recommendations from all and sundry, vets, retailers etc about importance of treating for fluke BUT all very quiet when you ask about lactating cows! Always used to treat at housing with Zanil and again during the winter but of course that now has a milk withhold. Yes, you can treat at drying off and we do, but that doesn't kill all stages. Also, anyone got any ideas how a housed animal can show fluke damage at abattoir? We've had a couple now and struggling to understand how that could happen and whether to believe the abattoir! I met someone in market once who swore that he had individually reared calves, never gone out, with worms, and he was convinced that it had been carried in on boots.
     
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