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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.


AWI Breeder Trials New Mulesing spray

October 20, 2005

Stock Journal October 20, 2005

THE NEW anaesthetic and antiseptic spray for mulesing is being trialled on the property of Australian Wool Innovation board member an New South Wales stud breeder Wally Merrinam.
He will mules 5000 Lambs using the product. Tri-Solfen, this spring and has endorsed it on anecdotal evidence so far.

“The lambs mulesed with the pain relief are doing a lot better than those done last week”, he said. “They have healed up really well and have shown very little if any signs of stress”.
Tri-Solfen was recently cleared by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
and will be officially launched next week.

It was developed by a company called Animal Ethics with financial assistance from Australian Wool Growers Association chairman Chris Olsson.

Peak wool industry body Wool Producers has accused Mr Olsson of self-interest in development of the product but Mr Olsson says any positive animal welfare development with mulesing was worthwhile.

“Tri-Solfen has a viscosity similar to a light oil,” Mr Merriman said. It is sprayed along the outline of the skin on the edge of the mules and gives about eight hours pain relief.
“Just after the operation, the lambs are feeding on their mothers and just a few days later you can see a big difference; they are healing up a lot faster than those mulesed without it,” he said.

The sheep industry plans to stop mulesing by 2010, with AWI developing several alternatives. AWGA has also developed the Australian Ethical Merino brand to promote wool from sheep mulesed with Tri-Solfen, which costs about 50 cents a head. Mr Merriman said wool growers who bought the product would become registered to use the brand, which could then be attached to wool from the property. He agreed the demand for “Ethical Merino” had to come from the retail end of the industry rather than producers and brokers.

As principal of Merryville, one of the most influential studs in Australia. Mr Merriman said other large NSW studs such as Egelabra, Uardry and Haddon Rig had also endorsed the concept.
Some retailers in the United States have already signalled interest in using wool branded in such a way but as yet none has officially singed on.