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Q. Can I use EPRINEX Pour-On at the same time as other treatments?

A. There is no evidence to show that EPRINEX Pour-On will be affected or affect the performance of other medicines that might be applied at the same time.

Q. Why should I be bothered about low level parasitism in my dairy herd?

A. Although a low-level presence of parasitic worms may not appear important it can have a significant impact on dry matter intake (DMI) and feed utilisation in dairy cattle. Especially at times of stress, say around calving, a reduction in DMI is associated with a reduction in body condition with measurable effect on fertility and early milk production.

Q. What benefits might you expect to see after using EPRINEX Pour-On?

A. In cows, and particularly first calf heifers, trials have shown that eliminating worms with EPRINEX Pour-On, can lead to improved fertility. This is seen as a reduction in the calving to conception interval and a reduction in the number of services per conception. Milk yield and quality may also be improved.

Q. Overall, what might be the approximate financial benefits of using EPRINEX Pour-On in my dairy herd?

A. EPRINEX can limit the following losses: The target is a 365 day calving interval - every day above this figure costs the farm about £3 per cow. Service costs - Each service costs between £10 and £25 and more in semen and that does not include labour. Replacement heifers cost in the region of £750. And there is the loss of milk production and quality.

Q. When should I use EPRINEX Pour-on?

A. EPRINEX Pour-On has a zero milk withdrawal and can therefore be used at any stage in the cow's production cycle, to suit the management of the herd. As a first choice, treating heifers and cows individually as they calve should deliver the greatest benefit. Alternatively you might consider treating the whole herd when they come in for the winter or at turnout.

Q. How often should I use EPRINEX Pour-on?

A. For young stock there are well-established programmes; for example, treatments at 8 week intervals, commencing at or soon after turnout in spring. EPRINEX Pour-On offers longer persistence against more types of parasites than any other similar product on the market. In the milking cows one or possibly two treatments would make sense. The first treatment at calving time might be followed with a second two to three months later, during the grazing season or housing.

Q. How widely has EPRINEX Pour-On been tested in modern high-performance cows?

A. EPRINEX Pour-On has been used widely in developed dairy markets throughout the world over the last few years. Large studies in the major dairy areas in New Zealand, USA, Europe and Australia have demonstrated the benefits on fertility and milk production.

Q. Why is EPRINEX Pour-On so different from other endectocides?

A. The ability to treat dairy cattle without discarding any milk makes it unique. EPRINEX Pour-On is an endectocide with a longer effect against a broader range of parasites than any other on the market. EPRINEX Pour-On can be applied in any weather, including pouring rain with no loss in efficacy.

Q. Can EPRINEX be used in a 2 dose programme?

A. With long action against 11 species of worms, EPRINEX can be used in a 2 dose, 8 week-interval programme that best suits your farm. The ideal programme for autumn-born calves would be treatment at 3 or 4 weeks after turnout, with a second dose 8 weeks later.

Q. Why is zero milk withdrawal with EPRINEX Pour-On important for dairy farmers?

A. EPRINEX Pour-On is the only endectocide licensed for use in lactating dairy cows. Most other similar types of products cannot be applied when the cow is lactating or within 60 days of calving. The unique, zero milk withdrawal of EPRINEX Pour-On allows the progressive dairy farmer to control the parasites that impact the energy deficit in the early lactation cow without having to throw away milk. At a time of increasing concern about food safety and purity it is essential that we ensure that the products and techniques we use are above and beyond question.

Q. Why does EPRINEX Pour-On have a zero milk withdrawal?

A. Merial scientists set out specifically to discover an endectocide that was technically superior to existing products and which could be used in milking cows with all the associated benefits.Through an exhaustive development process, they eventually discovered eprinomectin, a member of the avermectin family which has very high potency against parasites, without passing into the milk.

Q. Can I use EPRINEX on wet cattle?

A. In trials performed on soaking wet cattle, after one inch of simulated rainfall in half an hour, EPRINEX continued to provide effective parasite control, whereas doramectin-treated cattle suffered a significant loss of efficacy after treatment.

Q. What else will EPRINEX Pour-On do?

A. EPRINEX Pour-On will control the important external parasites of cattle including lice and mange mites. In the dairy herd these usually become obvious during the winter months. Field trials carried out by Merial in the UK have shown the benefits to the welfare of the cows as well as productivity through the use of EPRINEX Pour-On.

 

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