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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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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

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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

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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.


Easing the pain of disbudding

October 4, 2018
Original article published by Dairy Australia

Disbudding calves using pain relief has proven to be a cheaper, safer and more effective alternative to dehorning for NSW dairyfarmer Brad Smith.

There has been a noticeable increase in the use of pain relief for disubudding calves in Australia.

This trend is backed up by research that shows pain relief for disbudding not only reduces pain and recovery time in calves, but also boosts growth rates.

Mr Smith, who milks around 150 cows at his farm at Brogo, just outside Bega, was tired of the dangerous process of dehorning heifers and was keen to take up an offer from a local vet to disbud his young stock with pain relief.

Mr Smith said he saw the benefits from a process that was less painful and less disruptive than dealing with much larger, older animals.

“We used to do them when they were about six to 12 months, because they had a bit of horn to work with,” he said.

“We would get thrown around and it was ending up hurting us as well as the animals.”

Mr Smith said he had read about research that showed calves that received pain relief before disbudding went on to achieve higher growth rates.

Research by Massey University (New Zealand) in 2015 and 2016 found calves that received pain relief before disbudding went on to achieve higher growth rates.

They gained an average of 0.09 kilograms more per day for the next month, meaning they reached weaning weight about five days earlier than calves that didn’t receive pain relief.

“I have to say, after the disbudding, the bounce back of the calves is phenomenal,” Mr Smith said.

“They are up within an hour of the procedure, looking for a feed. It’s also more convenient to do it when they are younger, because when I go out to round up my heifers, I don’t have to be working with horned cattle.”

Dairy Australia has been working with farmers to encourage the disbudding of calves at six to eight weeks of age.

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