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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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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.


Animal welfare is moving up the agenda

June 9, 2018

So the Pig and Poultry Fair is over for another couple of years and it was good to feel the general vibe within the industry – not overly buoyant, but not too cautious, either.

Article originally published by Pig World, 9 June 2018

Many people are looking forward to what is going to happen over the next few years, including their own investments on farm and the impacts that Brexit will have on the whole sector and their own pigs.

Welfare is certainly going to be a priority within the UK Government plan, and it is moving up the agenda in Europe and around the World, too. How are we going to maintain our standing and defend our position?

The new Welfare Codes within the consultation earlier this year were
 a sight of what the Government has in store, and we’ll need to make use of every method at our disposal to mark ourselves out. Whether that is through the systems and assurance schemes in their current form, or following a reinvigoration, time will tell.

As we continue to reduce the use of antibiotics, and we have made huge strides so far, there will need to be continued innovation in genetics, environmental controls, vaccines, water additives, and nutritional fine tuning, to name but a few.

Many examples of the current trends in these areas were visible at the Fair and there will be more advances in the years ahead. Some will be a flop and we will laugh about them eventually. Others
 will revolutionise our pig and pork production and we will ask ourselves why we hadn’t thought of them before. It’s an exciting time to be involved in the pig sector and we should all look forward to what the future holds.

One thing for certain is that there will be continued scrutiny of what we do and how we do it. Upcoming challenges include vices and tail biting, which is a really complicated issue to convey to members of the public and politicians alike.

If the answers were simple, such as using straw to stop tail docking, then we would be ahead of the curve. Anyone who has experienced an outbreak of tail biting in a straw yard would be more than ready to share their experiences of the chaos and poor welfare that can result.

We will certainly have to prove the requirement for us to carry out procedures like tail docking, and this is something that the public will want to happen and for it to be auditable on their behalf.

Equally, the last few weeks have been a reminder that welfare on farm is under public scrutiny – activist groups out there will go to a lot of effort to undermine our industry.

No one can stop everything for sure, but an excellent start is to follow the NPA Tidy Units protocol 
– make sure you have a copy prominently displayed on your farm.

Article written by Duncan Berkshire, one of the lead vets within the five-vet pig team at Bishopton Veterinary Group, based in Yorkshire. See the full article here.