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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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Livestock pain relief demand continues to grow

November 3, 2022
By Mark Phelps
Updated November 1 2022 – 11:43am, first published 11:00am

CLAIMS that only limited numbers of Australian livestock producers are using pain relief as part of routine surgical procedures including castration and dehorning have been refuted by industry heavyweights.

Allan Giffard, one of the founders of popular off-the-shelf product Tri-Solfen, said the demand for pain relief products was constantly increasing. “Right from the get go, Australian livestock producers have embraced better welfare in the form of pain relief for their animals,” Mr Giffard said. “As registrations become available, producers are immediately taking to products like Tri-Solfen and meloxicam. “We know pain relief is being used because the demand continues to grow and by the incredible feedback we continue to receive from producers about the benefits of improved animal welfare.” Mr Giffard said the take up of pain relief has been extremely impressive with an estimate of more than 80 per cent of all mulesed sheep now treated. There had also been notable increases in sales of pain relief products for lamb and hot iron tail docking, he said. “The beef sector is a classic story of very rapid adoption of pain relief for dehorning and surgical castration once the technology was registered and became available,” Mr Giffard said. The use of pain relief products has been universally implemented by Australia’s largest beef producers.

Consolidated Pastoral Company chief executive officer Troy Setter even featured in full page advertisements in the rural media promoting the use pain relief for livestock. “The trial work we have done across our properties involving thousands of cattle shows time and time again that providing pain relief to our animals results in less stressed, more productive and profitable animals,” Mr Setter said. “It’s not surprising that the use of pain relief is becoming increasingly widespread across the livestock industries.”

Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association president David Connolly said he recommended the use of pain relief because it was cost effective and the right thing to do. “You can absolutely see a positive benefit between using it and not using it,” Mr Connolly said. “To anyone out there who is not using Tri-Solfen, grab it, have a go at it, because you will certainly see the benefit.”

Meat and Livestock Australia chief executive officer Jason Strong said Australian beef and lamb producers were increasingly world leaders in best practice animal welfare. “What is really important to communicate is how focused we are on doing the right thing by animals and livestock,” Mr Strong said. “While there are plenty of ways we can look at things that can be done better, what’s most important is the absolute commitment that our industry has on the best animal welfare practices.” Mr Strong said Australia was not only leading the world in the development of solutions, but how those solutions were applied in both the cattle and sheep sector.

“Pain relief and how we actually apply it and its adoption is one of those really good demonstrations as how as an industry we are adjusting to what we see as best practice.” Mr Strong said the approach to invasive procedures such as castration, tail docking and dehorning had changed over time. “Now those types of activities are really top of mind and the use of pain relief is really prevalent in those activities,” he said. “It’s a significant change to what we would have seen decades ago.”

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