Otago Daily Times : 2020-11-12

SOUTHLAND : 11 : 11

SOUTHLAND

11 Otago Daily Times Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ SOUTHLAND On-farm study to compare palaMOUNTA­INS® Revive with Anthelmint­ic drench on lamb performanc­e from twin bearing ewes. L A M B12 WEIGHT COMPARISON BETWEEN CONTROL AND TREATMENT LAMBS: with Control Avg/head Treatment Avg/head GR (Fat thickness) Grade O S T E Age/Date Control Treatment Docking: 19/09/19 13.84kg 13.95kg 1 - - Weaning: 04/12/19 28.81kg 28.83kg 2 - - Kill draft: 23/12/19 33.86kg 34.07kg 3 81.10% 89.92% Containing bio-available: (Male lambs only) 4 14.41% 8.40% Omega 3, 6 & 9 Multivitam­ins Electrolyt­es Antioxidan­ts Vitamin B12 DAG COMPARISON: 5 1.80% 0.84% A visual difference in dags between the treatment and control group was seen at shearing. Control lambs had more wet dags then the Revive treatment lambs which presented with very minimal dry dags. 6 0.90% - 7 - - 8 0.90% 0.84% 9 0.90% NOTE: Regular faecal egg counts are essential, if a considerab­le worm burden is identified, anthelmint­ic treatment is recommende­d. SUMMARY: 99.5% On this farm the overall weight difference between the two groups is insignific­ant. The treatment lambs have performed equally as well as the control lambs and have been chemical free since birth. absorption CALL MAX TO DISCUSS YOUR FARM NUTRITION OR BOOK A FARM VISIT Max O’Donnell SOUTHLAND RURAL TERRITORY MANAGER Mobile 027 749 1001 Freephone 0800 848 276 Reduce your farm chemical input Introducin­g Max O’Donnell, your local stock health management consultant. www.palamounta­ins.info ANIMAL HEALTH: Whanganui scientific animal nutrition company palaMOUNTA­INS is making in-roads into reducing the footprint of anthelmint­ic drenches. There is global acceptance that livestock resistance to drenches is growing and that there is a pressing need to find viable alternativ­es. There is also worldwide concern over other chemicals used to treat a wide range of health issues within meat producing operations. According to Managing director John Palamounta­in, at dagging the control (anthelmint­ic) group clearly had more wet dags, while the treatment (Revive) group had very minimal dry dags. At the first draft to the works, 6.9 percent more of the Revive treatment lambs were ready for slaughter (34kg and above) 19 days after weaning. This resulted in an extra 6 per cent of total carcass weight from the treatment group being achieved at the first draft. Unfortunat­ely, farmers have been drenching their animals on a calendar-based schedule rather than on the basis of clinical evidence that shows their animals should be drenched. This has contribute­d to the high anthelmint­ic resistance that is now seen in New Zealand Stock. Faecal egg counting is an essential tool all farmers should be employing and stock should only be drenched when egg counts are high. The results below suggests that Revive can be used alongside chemical drenches to good effect by promoting the stocks natural resistance to parasites and therefore reducing the frequency that anthelmint­ic drenches are required. “Overall weight difference between the two groups was insignific­ant,” Palamounta­in said. “The treatment (Revive) lambs performed equally as well as the control (anthelmint­ic) lambs, but have been chemical-free since birth. Our trials have consistent­ly shown we can produce stock for slaughter and optimum weights as quick, if not quicker, than those that have been drenched. Chemicals should only be used if absolutely needed for the health of the animal, as there are now viable alternativ­es being developed – even MPI (Ministry of Primary Industries) recognises this,” Palamounta­in said. The results of a scientific­ally designed experiment (below) comparing anthelmint­ic drenching with drenching Revive has shown a slight weight advantage to treatment groups using only chemical free Revive and B12 over control groups being administer­ed only anthelmint­ic drenches. by Iain Hyndman