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Beyond the Bale : March 2017
HOW MUCH DO THE PAIN RELIEF PRODUCTS COST? DOSE AND ESTIMATED RETAIL PRICES FOR TRI-SOLFEN® (BAYER) HUSBANDRY PRACTICE TOTAL DOSE COST @ 12 CENTS PER ML Mulesing Lambs 5-10kg 6.0 mL $0.72 Lambs 11-15kg 8.0 mL $0.96 Lambs 16-20kg 10.0 mL $1.20 Lambs over 20kg 12.0 mL $1.44 Castration Lambs up to 10kg 3.0 mL $0.36 Lambs over 10kg 4.5 mL $0.54 Tail docking (if not concurrently mulesed) Lambs up to 10kg 1.5 mL $0.18 Lambs over 10kg 2.0 mL $0.24 Combined castration, tail dock & mules Lambs 5-10kg 9.0 mL $1.08 Lambs 11-15kg 12.5 mL $1.50 Lambs 16-20kg 14.5 mL $1.74 Lambs over 20kg 16.5 mL $1.98 DOSE AND ESTIMATED RETAIL PRICES FOR BUCCALGESIC® (Troy Laboratories – 1.0ml per 10 kg bodyweight) CASTRATION AND TAIL DOCKING TOTAL DOSE COST @ 48 CENTS PER ML Lambs under 10 kg 1.0 mL $0.48 Lambs 10.1 -15.0kg 1.5 mL $0.72 Lambs 15.1 to 20.0kg 2.0 mL $0.96 Lambs 20.1 to 25 kg 2.5 mL $1.20 DOSE AND ESTIMATED RETAIL PRICES FOR METACAM 20® (Boehringer Ingelheim – subcutaneous 1.0ml per 20 kg body weight) PAIN AND INFLAMMATION TOTAL DOSE COST @ 165 CENTS PER ML Lambs under 10 kg 0.50 mL $0.83 Lambs 10.1 -15.0kg 0.75 mL $1.24 Lambs 15.1 to 20.0kg 1.00 mL $1.65 Lambs 20.1 to 25 kg 1.25 mL $2.06 Prices used in the tables above are approximate retail prices at January 2017 for the product alone. They do not include the cost of labour to administer the products. SUMMARY: AVAILABLE PAIN RELIEF PRODUCT PROCEDURES APPROVED BY APVMA PRODUCT DESCRIPTION WHEN TO USE AVAILABILITY (APVMA SCHEDULE) SLAUGHTER WITHHOLDING PERIODS MANUFACTURER Tri-Solfen® Pain relief following mulesing, castration and tail docking Anaesthetic: A gel spray providing a local anaesthetic and antiseptic. Its active ingredients are Lignocaine, Bupivicaine, Adrenaline and Cetrimide. Post-operative Available over the counter (Schedule 5) 90 days Bayer Buccalgesic® Alleviation of pain and inflammation for castration and tail docking Analgesic: A meloxicam- based Non-Steroidal Anti- Inflammatory Drug. It is a viscous liquid administered between the inside of the cheek and molar teeth of sheep. Pre-operative Requires veterinary prescription (Schedule 4) 10 days Troy Laboratories Metacam 20® Alleviation of pain and inflammation Analgesic: A meloxicam- based Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug administered by subcutaneous injection high on the neck behind the ear. Pre-operative Requires veterinary prescription (Schedule 4) 11 days Boehringer Ingelheim WHAT ARE THE SLAUGHTER WITHHOLDING PERIODS? Tri-Solfen® 90 days (it is anticipated that with on-going R&D this will be reduced) Buccalgesic® 10 days Metacam 20® 11 days WHY SHOULD WOOLGROWERS USE THE NATIONAL WOOL DECLARATION? The supply chain for wool is increasingly interested in the husbandry practices of their suppliers. Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) created a Mulesing Status section on the National Wool Declaration (NWD) in 2007 and the number of bales being declared by woolgrowers is steadily increasing. The NWD is voluntary, managed by AWEX and available for all wool sold by auction in Australia. It is a scheme that is audited by AWEX, is relatively low cost and focused on wool contamination and mulesing status. Increasingly clients are asking for the wools of certain NWD categories, so growers are encouraged to declare their wool regardless of whether they mules or not. There are variable, small but increasing premiums for all categories. There are other more detailed schemes that woolgrowers can also choose, run by wool brokers and businesses providing quality assurance schemes. By 2015/16, eight years after the Mulesing Section was added to the NWD there were 133,910 Not Mulesed bales declared, 44,636 Ceased Mulesed bales and 342,215 Pain Relief bales, a combined 520,762 bales or 35 per cent of the total clip. AUSTRALIAN WOOL SOLD AT AUCTION 2015/16 (Source: AWEX) BALES 2015/16 % Sold No of bales Clip Declared 55% 818,341 Not Mulesed (NM) 9% 133,910 Ceased Mulesed (CM) 3% 44,636 Mulesed with Pain Relief (PR) 23% 342,215 NM, CM and PR 35% 520,762 Mulesed 20% 297,578 Clip not Declared 45% 669,552 Total 1,487,894 ON FARM 35
In the Shops - March 2017