Drench resistance. Two words which are likely to give any farmer a headache. It can feel like just as quickly as you can drench your cattle, the gastrointestinal roundworms can build up a chemical resistance against your drenching treatment. Often we have farmers call up who are experiencing this exact problem, and they ask our team the all-important question: “How can I avoid resistance with pour-on drenches in cattle?”
For beef and dairy producers resistance to the macrocyclic lactone (ML) group of anthelmintics is a serious problem for the Australian industry. When the MLs were first introduced in the late 1980s, resistance was widespread to the older drenches, and the new drench type was a much-needed lifeline, which rapidly transformed worm control in cattle. Unfortunately, the parasites fought back very quickly. The key to avoiding drench resistance is a sustainable rotation plan. Changing the active ingredient of the drench used on a regular basis helps to avoid build up and parasite resistance.
Correct and early identification of parasite resistance is vital to maintaining herd health. To avoid resistance, an effective management program must be undertaken incorporating a number of steps, including:
- >> Choosing the right chemical active for your needs and planning the rotation of these actives. Producers cannot keep using macrocyclic lactone (ML or ‘mectin’) drenches repeatedly otherwise parasites build up resistance to these products. Rotation must be based on the active ingredient, not a brand name.
- >> Planning the timing of the treatment.
- >> Knowing your animal and possible triggers of contamination.
- >> Knowing your market, such as when you need to sell or move cattle.
- >> Knowing how some treatments can reduce the efficacy of others if not used correctly.
SureShot Gold is a new levamisole based pour-on drench for cattle, and is a terrific alternative to the ‘mectin’ drenches commonly used to treat internal and external parasites.
SureShot Gold Pour-On Cattle Wormer controls all major gastrointestinal roundworms in cattle. Unlike all other pour-on products containing levamisole, SureShot Gold has 25% more active ingredients per dose and offers a nil-milk withholding period, making it the ideal drench rotation solution for beef and dairy farmers (Nil Milk WHP).
Sureshot Gold Cattle Wormer is manufactured in Australia to the highest quality standards and is a product well trusted for its efficacy.
For more information on herd health and cattle drenching, we recommend reading:
- >> Pour-Ons Every Farmer Needs
- >> How important is it to get the right drench applicator?
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