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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.


Daisy can milk the good life, too

October 23, 2011

B.C. programs have played an important part in the development of care for farm animals

By Lauryn Hayden, Special To The Province

© Copyright – The Province

Farming isn’t what is used to be, as most everyone knows. But despite the kind of information widely available in books such as Fast Food Nation, there have been many advancements in farm animal welfare – many originating in B.C.

The foundation for change was in part built by the BC SPCA’s support of the University of B.C.’s Animal Welfare Program.

Launched in 1997, the program is a world leader in the growing field of animal-welfare science. Program Chair and Order of Canada winner, Dr. David Fraser, a respected scientist and leader in the field, has seen a change in attitudes toward animals over the past four decades, since he began his career as one of the world’s small cadre of pig-behaviour scientists.

“Although there are still relatively few places in the world that have people specializing or teaching in the area, the increase in activity has been remarkable,” Fraser says.

Animal-welfare research began in the United Kingdom in the 1970s, and a decade later the first research position in Canada was created. Since then, strides have been made, although the continued practises of dehorning beef cattle or castrating pigs without providing pain relief, for example, continue.

But increasingly, farmers are beginning to implement new ways of managing farm animals, in response to scientific evidence produced by Dr. Fraser and his students, many of whom hail from international locations.

“There have been many international developments in welfare standards for farm animals, and increasingly more acceptance of animal welfare science by veterinarians, farmers and other people who keep animals. There is also enormous demand for information on animal welfare.”

Fraser says one of the most surprising developments is “the level of attention to animal welfare by international and intergovernmental agencies such as the United Nations” as well as farmers and the corporate world viewing good animal welfare as “fundamental to good business.”

What are the implications for farm animals? New farm-animal codes of practice developed by the National Farm Animal Care Council, for example, have the potential to protect and enhance the lives of farm animals. The BC SPCA and its national partner, the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, play a prominent role in the process with expert representatives appointed to every Code committee.

Geoff Urton, BC SPCA animal welfare manager, says “There is an unprecedented amount of policy now being developed. What this means in practical terms for the lives of farm animals is that, for example, because studies show that dehorning a dairy calf causes pain, the Dairy Code committee was able to issue a new requirement for farmers to use pain control during this procedure.”

Five new codes will eventually be in place for horses, pigs, beef cattle and farmed mink and fox. New codes are being developed for sheep, turkeys and meat chickens.

“Once published, these codes will influence the lives of hundreds of millions of Canadian farm animals raised annually,” Urton says. Funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the codes set out national requirements for animal care and serve as reference documents for the enforcement of animal cruelty law.

“The Five Freedoms we promote and uphold apply to farm animals as well as companion animals. Just because one animal is raised for food but another is raised to be a companion to a human being, does not, from our point of view, take away from the fact that we have a moral obligation to treat the farm animal humanely. They are both sentient beings, as the research proves, with the ability to experience emotions and particular needs important to their quality of life. It’s our responsibility to provide them with a good life,” Urton says.

For more information about farm animal welfare, visit

Lauryn Hayden is communications officer for the BC SPCA. Reach her at