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Since Tri-Solfen® was commercially launched, over 80 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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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.


Animal welfare drives Tullamore productivity

January 30, 2020

Article originally by Mark Phelps, Queensland Country Life


Pam and Brian Dray, Tullamore, Lower Wonga.
Pam and Brian Dray, Tullamore, Lower Wonga.

CATTLE producers Brian and Pam Dray and their daughter Peta have taken animal welfare to the next level in their Wide Bay breeding operation, doing everything in their control to promote productivity.

Located at Lower Wonga, north west of Gympie, the Drays run up to an 800 head Brahman cow herd joined to both Brahman bulls and Charolais bulls on the creek flats and hilly country Tullamore.

The heifers are sold as replacement females or feeders, while the steers are sold as weaners and taken through to feeder weights. The Drays retain only Brahman heifers as replacement females.

Key to the management of the Tullamore herd are the pain relief products Tri-Solfen and longer acting Metacam, in addition to an Australian Stockstill Animal Restrainer.

It’s the third year the Drays have used Tri-Solfen, initially inspired by the trial work carried out by the late industry champion Zanda McDonald.

“We’ve seen a significant change in the way the calves come back to mum when we’ve finished dehorning and castrating them,” Mrs Dray said.

“They also travel back to the paddocks really well with the calves are up the front, where we used to find them down the back shaking their heads and lying around.

“They’re a lot more settled. They look like they feel like nothing has ever happened to them.

“It’s made a big difference from that point of view.”

The cattle are handled using Kelpie dogs and horses, in addition to Polaris buggies.

The Drays dehorn and castrate at less than 100kg body weight.

“There is just so much less stress on the calves,” Mr Dray said.

“We brand them when they’re a bigger, but we get the surgical part out of the way early.”

A hot iron is used for the dehorning process and rubber rings are used for castration.

Mr Dray said he considered the Stockstill as one of the most important tools on the property.

“The animal is safe, the people carrying out the surgical procedures are safe, and there is no stress on the animal during or after the device is applied,” Mr Dray said.

“In fact, I am sure the animal has no memory of the use of the Stockstill because there is never any reluctance moving through the cattle yards.”

The Drays have also stopped earmarking cattle because of the stress factor. Ear tags continue to be used.

The Dray family originally came to Lower Wonga district in the late 1880s.