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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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Global Regulatory Affairs Advisor

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Brisbane Valley Charolais meeting the market

January 7, 2020

Article originally by Mark Phelps, Queensland Country Life

With Tri-Solfen the calves mothered up much quicker and were back on mum drinking

BRISBANE Valley beef producer Julian Henderson (pictured above) is taking full advantage of Toogoolawah’s well earned reputation as being Australia’s largest single source of Charolais cattle. Mr Henderson, who manages three operations around nearby Esk including Glen Arden, said the annual weaner sales in May and June had developed into a major drawcard for buyers from throughout eastern Australia.

“Buyers come to Toogoolawah looking for Charolais type cattle because they obviously perform through the both the grassfed and grainfed systems,” Mr Henderson said.

“This part of Queensland really lends itself to producing those steers and heifers that ultimately produce bigger carcases.

“It’s in our best interest to produce what the buyers want, and that is certainly our objective.”

Mr Henderson said he became particularly interested in finding ways to improve animal welfare after reading articles in Queensland Country Life about the use of the pain relief product Tri-Solfen.

“I think it’s pretty obvious that every producer wants to do the best we can by their animals,” Mr Henderson said.

“I tried Tri-Solfen the first time thinking it would give some pain relief, but frankly I was left really impressed with the lasting benefits.

“It was not just with how the calves responded immediately, but also the next day. Usually they would be hiding in the grass sulking and going backwards.

“With Tri-Solfen the calves mothered up much quicker and were back on mum drinking.”

Mr Henderson said he was using Tri-solfen on the dehorning and castration operations as well as on the branded area.

Glen Arden runs Brahman/Brangus-cross and Charolais/Simbrah-cross cow herds. The Bos indicus content was necessary for parasite management and to produce hybrid vigour in the resulting calves, Mr Henderson said.

The cows are run on a two-week rotational basis to maximise pasture health on the river flats and improved hill country.

One challenge in the Brisbane Valley is feral dogs. Mr Henderson said while 90 per cent-plus pregnancy rates were expected, dog attacks and ticks had reduced calves numbers back to 85pc.

Mr Henderson said he preferred to buy ready-to-go two-year-old bulls.

“We’re looking for well muscled, soft bulls that have good temperament,” he said.

“We’re also looking for EBVs that show high fertility and strong 200 day growth figures.

“Polled bulls are also a preference, but I think we’re still to see enough of a genetic base to make that a real option at this stage.”

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