Welcome to Spring!
The BOM reports that it is looking like a dry spring across the majority of pastoral areas. This is particularly tough for rain starved areas and a worry for those areas that have so far had good conditions through the autumn and winter. Even in these areas crops and pastures are looking for a good spring drink. Generally what I have predicted weather wise in previous newsletters has been wrong so hopefully in making this statement, good rains will be received by all!
Other than rainfall, factors such as potential supply decreases due to domestic restocking pressure, lack of build in international supply (export orders) and the Australian $ trending lower all point to much firmer beef prices for 2015. This seems to be already reflected in firming cattle prices across the Nations saleyards. Great news for all our beef clients who have done it tough over the last couple of years!
Murray Ron & Staff at Chemvet Australia
Spring is a great strategic and extremely effective time to treat liver fluke in your cattle. This Spring get your worm and Fluke control with an added bonus.
Hydatid Tapeworms in Dogs
A recent study published in the Australian Veterinary Journal presented some very disturbing findings:
- Hydatid tape worm is still present in Australian rural dogs, including in Tasmania, despite ‘provisional eradication’ having been declared in Tasmania in 1996
- Over 130,000 Australian dogs (3.2%) may have the potentially deadly to human hydatid tapeworm
- Many owners still feed raw meat and offal and allow their dogs access to wild life or livestock carcases, which provide sources of infection for the hydatid tapeworm
- One in three Australian dogs may have other intestinal worms; hookworm infection being the most prevalent (up to 40.2%)
- Despite owners thinking they are doing the right thing with regular 2-3 monthly de- worming, hydatid tapeworm can be spread from dogs to humans if owners do not de-worm their dogs more frequently to break the hydatid tapeworm lifecycle
The author of the article stated that “if any access risk exists, owners should de-worm their dogs monthly as this can dramatically reduce shedding of intestinal worm eggs into the environment, break the hydatid tapeworm cycle and eliminate this serious risk”
- Convenient farmer size pack – 10 tablets (treats 10 average sized dogs)
- Convenient dose size – 1 tablet treats most dogs (1 tab/20kg)
- Palatable – liver flavoured
- Effective – Treats all worms* and hydatids
- Economical – Farmer pack price $30+GST per bottle
Chemvet is now supplying Datamars NLIS approved sheep ear tags. The design of the tag includes the ability to add an electronic chip turning it into a fully readable electronic tag
On the cusp of being able to declare full electronic NLIS accreditation and the ability to rapidly print sequential numbers means that this tag could also be applicable for those with flocks requiring individual identification
Every 2nd year around Christmas we send out to all clients who have purchased from us throughout the year our ever popular pocket note book. The 2015-16 model is currently in production ready to go out around the end of the year.
We have recently completed an upgrade of the Chemvet Website. Should load a little quicker for those with low bandwidth and should be more mobile phone and ipad friendly for those out in the paddock or up at the yards – we hope you get the chance to check it out and like it!
Remember our phones are attended almost 24/7 so if you are on the site and require advice or help don’t hesitate to ring.
Chemvet moves manufacture to Geelong
Chemvet is currently shifting manufacture of the majority of its non-sterile production to a family owned and run APVMA Licenced manufacturing site in Geelong. Murray is extremely happy that Chemvet is able to support a regional business, especially one based in Geelong that has taken some large hits to its manufacturing industry in recent times. Now that the Bombers (Murray and Ron) and the Pies (Diana) are out of the race Chemvet is going for the Cats for the flag!
The SPCA in Fiji being a voluntary organisation is always struggling for enough funds to adequately care for the large number of stray and needy animals that come their way. Chemvet recently donated enough all-wormer to treat all the dogs going through the Nadi and Suva centres. Murray hopes to visit the centre in Suva next year when he is in Fiji attending a wedding. May have to gown up and do a few desexings and surgeries while he is there!