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1 September 2019 External Supplier

Made in New Zealand for New Zealand farmers

VETMED is a New Zealand brand of animal health products manufactured locally, formulating both novel and generic solutions to overcome local parasite challenges. Everything made, including control release capsules, pour-ons, oral drenches, liquid concentrates and applicators, are developed specifically to perform in New Zealand farming conditions.  

Launched in 2011, VETMED is owned and operated by Doug Halligan, Jon Petherick and Gary Harrison. Innovation, agility in responding to New Zealand farmers’ needs and rigorous on-farm testing are core values of the company. Chemists, Jon and Gary work on every VETMED product, from concept to completion, while Doug handles sales. “We work closely with a network of industry experts who are on-farm all the time. With centralised research and development, we can afford to put all our energy and expertise into creating groundbreaking products that will work for Kiwi farms,” says Gary.

“We are a small manufacturer so this gives us plenty of flexibility to move quickly and make products where there is a need. We also make significant investment in research and development, always looking for better options for New Zealand farmers.

“We now have a deer drench product going through registration and it’s a great solution for our deer farmers. For us, that’s a great result” says Gary. This is an example of how VETMED work with an industry group to innovate and commercialise a product for a small market in New Zealand.

“Jon is a whizz at formulation,” continues Gary. “He innovates at every stage of development; how stable a product is, how easy it is to use. A great formulation developer means the product is always fit for purpose.” 

The manufacturing plant is located in East Tamaki where they employ eight to 12 people, depending on the season. Over the past four years, VETMED’s product range has been constantly expanding as sales have increased. “Essentially, we have grown to meet farmers’ requirements,” Gary says. “We have worked on new formulations, new actives and ongoing trials to ensure our products are reliable.”

VETMED’s Cyromax Spray-On was launched in 2017. For use on lambs at docking, it prevents flystrike. It is also safe to use on lambs pre-weaning. 

“A second formulation of this active, Cyromax Liquid, has seen good uptake by farmers who have found that it mixes well and is easy to apply, both important factors when you are in the back yards,” adds Gary.

With eight years in the making, Triplemax i-Tape was VETMED’s own development. “There are a number of combination drenches available,” explains Gary. “In most cases, the drugs are dissolved in both oil and water, much like a salad dressing. Like salad dressing, the formulations separate. We got rid of the oil, developing a water-based product that does not separate. We also micronised the praziquantel to improve efficacy, as was supported in field trials¹.

“We are proud to have developed a unique and innovative solution in Triplemax i-Tape. It is effective for tapeworm and roundworm control because it uses a unique patented aqueous/micronized suspension system. Field trials in New Zealand have shown improved parasite control against some products¹.”

Talk to your local PGG Wrightson Technical Field Representative about the full range of VETMED products available at your local PGG Wrightson store, or view Stock ‘n’ Save September for offers on selected VETMED product.

Sponsored by VETMED

¹ VETMED Trials, Helensville, New Zealand, 2013.

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Flystrike protection post-docking

01 September 2019

Lambs are the class of stock most at risk from flystrike. In areas where blowflies routinely cause problems, preventative treatments are commonly applied to lambs early in the spring and usually at docking.

Research has shown that even relatively small strikes cause a marked loss in appetite in the affected animal with a resulting rapid loss in weight. Recovering this lost weight can take significant time.¹ As the wounds caused by docking act as an attractant to flies, it is important that any treatment applied provides protection until these wounds have completely healed.

Ready to use water based Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) formulations containing the potent active ingredient dicyclanil such as CLiKZiN™ Spray-On, CLiK™ Spray-On and now CLiK™ Extra Spray-On, are popular for use as a docking flystrike preventative treatment. The benefits of these products include:

  • Being water based formulations, they are non-flammable, an essential feature where a searing iron is used for tailing.
  • CLiKZiN Spray-On contains 12.5 g per L dicyclanil and provides flystrike protection for six to nine weeks. CLiKZiN Spray-On has a seven day meat withholding period.
  • CLiK Spray-On contains 50.0 g per L dicyclanil and provides flystrike protection for up to 18 weeks. CLiK Spray-On has a 35 day meat withholding period for coarse wool sheep and 56 day meat withholding period for fine woolled sheep.
  • CLiK Extra Spray-On contains 65.0 g per L dicyclanil and provides flystrike protection for 14 to 26 weeks. CLiK Extra Spray-On has a 21 day meat withholding period.
  • Using the approved Elanco 10 mL docking applicator, 5 to 10 ml can easily be applied to effectively protect the docking wound. Remember that where the product is applied is the area protected against flystrike.
  • There is no known resistance recorded by strike flies to dicyclanil in New Zealand.
  • The protection periods shown on the label of each product indicates the expected duration of protection against body and breech strike in sheep, and should give an indication of the duration of protection when used after docking. 

For more information on flystrike prevention, contact your local PGG Wrightson Technical Field Representative.

Supplied by Elanco

¹ Heath et al., (1987) The effects of artificially-induced fly-strike on food intake and liveweight gain in sheep. New Zealand Veterinary Journal 35: 50-52.
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Farmer's Voice: Jack Fagan

04 September 2019
Jack Fagan is the two-time world champion speed-shearer and current world title holder. After taking over from his father Sir David Fagan, he rose through the ranks winning his first title in Invercargill two years ago and second in France this year. Wiggy catches up with Fagan over a cup of tea and learns the in’s and out’s of New Zealand shearing and what it takes to be the best. 

Short Supply Driving Up Dairy Livestock Market

04 September 2019

Trade in dairy livestock has been light during the winter, with few quality animals available.

PGG Wrightson National Dairy Livestock Manager Jamie Cunninghame says, with demand exceeding supply, prices have been buoyant.

“Anything available is selling well, and in the spring, anyone who offers stock with any quality will be well received by the market. 

“Buyers are keen. Our sales of mixed age cows have ranged between $1400 and $2000 per head in recent weeks. Even for lesser cows prices are strong, boner cows are similarly scarce at present, with the meat value holding them up, too. 

“Numbers are low. Because neither quantity nor quality is exceptional at present, when the right animals become available, the market has upside,” he said.

Younger stock are also scarce. Significant enquiry from China recently has focused on rising one year heifers. With less stock available than at this time last year, Jamie says the market is strong.

“We do not have large numbers of animals traded at present, in which case supply and demand is driving values. Where quality is available, it is selling well,” he said. 

Coming up soon and running through to mid October, the bull sale season will feature sales throughout the country, through saleyards, and on-farm. This is prompting plenty of farmers to apply for a PGG Wrightson Defer-A-Bull purchase agreement, enabling them to finance a bull team with no upfront cost and no re-payments until the bulls are sold.

Jamie says Defer-A-Bull is a proven winner for many farmers.

“For most of our customers, who would otherwise have to go to the bank to secure extra capital to fund their bull purchases every year, this is a preferable option. Defer-A-Bull gives the ability to invest in your bull team when you need it, without putting any pressure on funds early in the season, when cashflow can be tight. 

“It is easy to use and a great way to fund your bull purchases. Any farmer who is interested should talk to their local PGG Wrightson rep about the simple application process,” he said.

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