Spring 2012 Chemvet Newsletter: Volume 16
Chemvet would like to thank you for helping us to help you!
Over the years it has become more and more apparent that ‘word of mouth’ promotion of our products is the most powerful weapon in Chemvet’s sales promotion armoury.
Clients promoting our products and our high level of customer service to friends and neighbours is by far our greatest source of new sales.
The growth in sales that we have gained through this word of mouth promotion has been incredible.
The resulting increase in scale has helped us keep our costs of production in check and this combined with not having to spend money on expensive advertising campaigns has allowed us to keep our prices down for you our clients.
Kind regards and again many thanks for your fantastic support!
Discussion: Long acting injectable drench in Sheep
Dr. Murray Grant
We banged on about this product in a previous newsletter where on one farm we had recorded quite a worrying worm egg output at the end of the 100 day period of claimed activity.
The product used claims to cover the brown stomach worm (Ostertagia spp) and Barbers pole worm (Haemonchus spp) for 100 days but only covers the black scour worm (trichostrongylus spp) for 50 days. Therefore, the worms in these ewes were either all black scour worms or worms that were resistant to the ‘mectin in the product. On the face of it, having black scour worms present with the drug still around but not in high enough concentration to kill them (sub lethal dose) could well be playing a part in selecting for resistant worms in the flock.
Further testing in this flock did suggest that there were now ‘mectin resistant worms present (previous testing had shown no ‘mectin resistant worms in this flock). The attraction of using a long acting product to cover the ewes against worms from immediately pre-lambing to well into the lamb raising period I admit is compelling, however in my opinion there may be a downside to this practice.
If you have used such a product, it makes sense to routinely drench again immediately at the end of the period (100 days) to knock out any resistant worms that may have developed over the use of this product. This strategy should manage against the possibility of resistant worms taking hold on the property.
Remember for qualified, professional (and free) advice on drench management and worm resistance, or if you require worm analysis of your herd or property, give us a call today.
We have been selling two very economical DATAMARS NLIS tag readers into the Australian market. Ron has had extensive training on the use and technical applications of these readers and can “walk\” new owners through the set up and various applications of their new reader.
The 2013/14 edition of the ever-popular Chemvet Notebook is now in production and will be sent out in December to all of our active customers that have bought from us over the last couple of years. If you haven’t put in an order for a while – make sure you get one in by Christmas to receive your complimentary notebook.
Rocky Expo & Sheepvention 2012
Thanks to all of our past and new clients who came along and visited us at the Beef Expo in Rockhampton and Sheepvention in Hamilton. It’s a great opportunity to have a chat and get valuable feedback about our products and services and catch up with many old friends.
Since our last newsletter Murray turned the big 60 and had a party down in Lorne, Victoria. It was a fantastic dinner and a big recovery BBQ the next day. Most of Murray’s previous and current work mates were in attendance as well as many family friends from Melbourne and also Yea, Victoria where Murray was the local vet for over 20 years.