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Shiloh Santa Gertrudis Stud, Kotemaori, Northern Hawkes Bay.
Cydectin® Plus Fluke Pour-On.
Cydectin secures peace of mind for stud.
The Santa Gertrudis breed is not as prominent as it was back in the early nineties when exotic breeds were making their mark across both the sheep and beef sectors. However, a northern Hawke's Bay farmer is determinedly keeping the breed on his map locally, and this summer is one where they have proven to more than earn their keep.
Vance and Denise Percy farm 330ha at Kotemaori in the northern Hawke's Bay on pumice country that can turn dry in summer, and this year has certainly been no exception.
For over 30 years Vance has built up his Santa Gertrudis herd to a total of 40 breeding cows in his stud and 100 commercial cows. "Weight for age they do very well in hot dry conditions, the heat does not worry them and they like rough pasture."
The dry conditions experienced over the summer-autumn period can bring elevated worm infestation, but fluke can also be an issue for Vance to deal with in his bulls and cow herd.
In the past Vance had used an injectable treatment for fluke control, but the recently launched Cydectin® Plus Fluke Pour-On with "two in one" pour on approach for controlling fluke appealed for its convenience, and for the reputation Cydectin had already established for worm control.
Typically fluke problems arise for Vance with stock drinking from streams. The impact can also be expressed in lower growth rates and rejected liver at kill time.
Cydectin Plus Fluke Pour-On offers a "gold standard" of fluke control to operators like Vance, with its Triclabendazole fluke control combined with the tried and true knock down effectiveness of the Cydectin® Pour-On formulation for worms includingOstertagiaandTrichostrongylus.
Zoetis veterinary advisor Victoria Chapman says farmers are well aware of the impact worm infestations can have, particularly over late summer and autumn-early winter periods, but often at this time, fluke levels are also elevated, having a "double whammy" effect on cattle health.
Extreme dry periods in Northland and the North Island's east coast have seen increased fluke levels adding to the challenge of worm infestations as pasture levels are lowered.
In a dry period, stock tend to graze closer to wetter, boggy parts of the farm where fluke populations are highest, ingesting the infective stages. "Those swampy areas can remain a snail and fluke reservoir in coming dry seasons," says Dr Chapman.
The Triclabendazole active in Cydectin Plus Fluke Pour-On hits fluke at both the mature and immature stages in the liver, with an efficacy rate well above the minimal requirement of 90%.
Alternative actives' actions may only hit a mature fluke, leaving immature to continue growing and infest the animal, failing to break the infection cycle.
While only in his first season using the treatment, Vance is impressed with its ease of use, and the excellent condition stock have maintained, despite a challenging season. He intends to do the calves at 12 months.
Having to focus harder on individual per head productivity off their sheep and cattle, Vance at least is enjoying peace of mind over stock health.
"After I farmed in Australia I thought I would never see it as dry again as I did there, seems I was wrong!"