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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.


Pig anesthesia to increase in Germany after law tightening

June 4, 2012

31 May 2012 By Ashley Yeo

Castration of piglets without anesthesia will be banned in Germany as of January 1 2017. That was one of several amendments to the animal welfare law proposed by the federal German cabinet in late May. National rules on the use of lab animals and horse branding will also be tightened.

The ruling on pig castration will be watched closely by sedative and pain relief product manufacturers. Male piglets are castrated to prevent the problem of boar taint in pig meat and unwanted sexual behavior. Some 20 million piglets are castrated in Germany annually. It is thought that 80% of piglets born in the EU are castrated.

Under EU Directive 2008/120/EC, laying down minimum standards for the protection of pigs, castration of male piglets under seven days old is possible without anesthesia by a vet or trained person; in pigs over seven days, it does require anesthesia and additional prolonged analgesia. But EU member states can adopt stricter national rules.

The German law will also include an almost total ban on the use of monkeys in animal trials. It recognizes that animal experimentation for human pharma R&D is necessary, but that animals should not be used in cosmetic product research. The German federal agriculture ministry (BMELV) is making available grants for research into alternatives to the use of animals in drug research.

Other planned changes in the bill include a ban on non-curative inventions in livestock (e.g. tail docking, beak trimming of layer hens), and on the mechanical branding of foals, in view of the availability of microchipping.

The general thrust of the amendments is that livestock – and pet – owners will need to take greater responsibility for the welfare of their animals. BMELV is also considering the introduction of an animal welfare quality mark for animal products, similar to the Biosiegel organic label.

The bill goes now goes to both chambers of parliament and is expected to become law in autumn 2012.