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Since Tri-Solfen® was commercially launched, over 150 million lambs have been treated and over 80% of Australian wool growers are now using Tri-Solfen for their sheep. Here’s what some of them have to say…

‘We have used pain relief for two years now and seen real production gains. We are concerned for the welfare of our animals and will continue to use pain relief to ensure they get the best care.’

Clinton Wise– Wililoo Merino Stud, Woodanilling, W.A.

'It easy to see the difference pain relief makes. Before, lambs would walk away hunched up, even taking a couple of hours to walk back to the paddock. Now they run straight back to Mum and start suckling,” says Rod. “My wool is now sold under the Better Choices brand. I see this as a definite advantage. I think it will be an advantage in the long run, to both me and the industry as a whole.'

Rod Miller– Glenpaen Merino Stud, Horsham, Vic

'After being treated with pain relief my lambs were more content and less stressed. As farmers we are sincere in looking after the welfare of our animals and using pain relief demonstrates this.'

Richard Coole– Frankland, W.A.

'We have been using pain relief for the past three years. We’re impressed by reduced bleeding in the mulesing wound immediately after application. Lambs run straight back to find the ewe, which has dramatically reduced our mortality rates. Flock management, post lamb marking is easier due to the effect of pain relief and the scab healing faster.'

Ryan & Malcom O’Dea– Peepingee Merino Stud, Narrogin, W.A.

'Using pain relief eases the stress and allows lambs to mother up and move back to the paddock easier with faster weight gains.'

Kent Lummis– Waverley Downs, Gilgandra, NSW


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Advisory Board

Ian Page

Non-Executive Director

Ian is Chief Executive Officer of Dechra Pharmaceuticals, which has a 33% shareholder in Medical Ethics. He joined National Veterinary Services, Dechra’s former services business in 1989 and joined the Board of Dechra in 1997. In October 2010, Ian was appointed as Non-Executive Chairman of Sanford DeLand Asset Management.

Dr Chris Roberts

Human Wound and Regulatory Advisor

Chris has over 20 years’ line management experience of heading clinical research teams. He was previously global head of Smith & Nephew clinical support and market development, where he managed global clinical Phase II and III programmes in the management of venous and pressure ulcers.

Lieutenant Colonel Professor Steven Jeffery

Medical Specialist Advisor

Steve has over 15 years’ experience in military plastic surgery. In 2011 he was awarded the Military Civilian Partnership Award for ‘Regular of the Year’, as well as receiving the Wounds UK ‘Key Contribution’ award and the Smith and Nephew ‘Customer Pioneer of the Year’ award. He has also been awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England ad eundum. He is an expert adviser to NICE Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme. Steve co-founded the Woundcare 4 Heroes charity, which is already making a big difference to the wound care of both serving and veteran personnel.

Dr Matthew Bayfield

Medical Specialist Scientific Director

Dr Matthew Bayfield, Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Strathfield Private Hospital and VMO Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Professor Peter Windsor

Veterinarian Research Advisor

Peter is a registered specialist veterinary surgeon in New South Wales and an emeritus Professor at Sydney University. He holds a BVSc (Hons), PhD, DVSc and diploma from the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management.

Dr Julian Braidwood

Global Regulatory Affairs Advisor

Julian has held leadership roles and managed international clinical projects with Grampian. He was previously Regulatory Affairs Manager at Novartis Animal Health. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Triveritas, where he is responsible for a team of 40 animal health specialists across the EU and the US.


A mulesing miracle?

July 23, 2011
WORLD-FIRST on-farm trials of an injectable pre-operative pain relief treatment for sheep began near Goulburn in New South Wales last week.

The compound Xylazine will be trialled by the University of Sydney Veterinary School in partnership with the creator of the Tri-Solfen mulesing pain-relief spray, Animal Ethics and research partner Bayer, as a pre-operative analgesic treatment before lamb marking, mulesing, castration and tail docking. Animal Ethics director, Dr Meredith Sheil, said she has been trying to develop effective, affordable and practical analgesia treatments for farm animals comparable to those available for humans.

Large commercial field trials over the next 12 months aimed to finetune Xylazine dosage rates, following mainly laboratory research over the past six months. Xylazine is already registered for use in sheep as a sedative.

“What we’ve been doing is looking at whether we can develop a way of administering this medication in small doses on farm safely and effectively to provide pre-operative analgesia for the procedures,” Dr Sheil said.

Dr Sheil said the treatment being trialled was expected to cost less than 30 cents a lamb, and on-farm use would involve an intramuscular injection in lambs about 20 minutes before any surgical procedure takes place. Tri-Solfen will be applied to control groups and to lambs that receive the Xylazine injection during the trials.

Former Australian Wool Innovation director, Chick Olsson, said the unique research was aimed at allowing sheep producers to perform a complete set of treatments in one operation while reducing pain.

“The on-farm trials are also to ensure that lambs continue to mother up after surgery,” he said.

Mr Olsson said it would be difficult for animal rights groups to argue with farmers’ on-farm surgery practices when the Xylazine technology became available.

The on-farm trials are being funded by a linkage grant from the Australian Research Council. Mr Olsson’s family has shares in Animal Ethics.

Article originally by Farm Online