Liver fluke is a widespread problem in Ireland and it can have a significant impact on cattle’s welfare and productivity.
Concerns around anthelmintic resistance mean that the industry is adopting a more responsible approach to parasite treatment.
Rather than treating frequently at set intervals, farmers are being encouraged to treat less often and only where necessary.
Solantel Pour-On is the first single-active, pour-on flukicide for cattle to be licensed in the UK and Ireland.
Solantel Pour-on contains 200mg/ml closantel and is licensed for the treatment of late immature (>7 weeks) and adult Fasciola hepatica (liver fluke) infestations in cattle.
The lifecycle of the liver fluke means that grazing cattle are at the greatest risk of liver fluke from late summer/early autumn on.
Housing marks the endpoint of exposure to new fluke infection and can be a good time to treat cattle.
There is a range of different flukicides on the market. They are generally classified according to the stages of fluke they are effective against.
For this reason, it is important that you use the most appropriate product at the correct time in the fluke season.
When to use
Maura Langan, Norbrook vet advisor explains,
“A fluke-only treatment is likely to be the most appropriate treatment for adult cattle that have good immunity to gut worms or cattle that have received a persistent wormer, such as Taurador (doramectin) 5 weeks before housing.”
“Generally, when treating cattle for fluke in autumn, two approaches are used.”
“One option is to house cattle and delay treatment for a number of weeks. Treating cattle with Solantel Pour-On 7 weeks after they are housed will increase the number of susceptible fluke at the time of treatment and therefore lead to a more complete fluke kill.”
“Alternatively, if a heavy fluke burden is suspected, or if cattle are close to their finishing weights, then treating at the point of housing may be a more appropriate treatment option.”
“Your vet or animal health advisor will be able to advise you based on knowledge of your farm.”
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