Merial will launch its NeO vaccination technology to the UK and Irish poultry sectors at the British Pig and Poultry Fair.

Gallivac IB88
Merial’s Gallivac IB88 and Avinew vaccines will be available in the new NeO format.

NeO effervescent tablets are designed to improve vaccination practices for poultry producers while maintaining reliable virus protection, the company said.

The tablets are packed in aluminium blisters and easily dissolve in water.

‘Easy and safe’

Gavin Kelly, Merial’s avian manager for the UK and Ireland, said: “NeO is going to be really helpful on-farm. Compared to the traditional glass vials, NeO tablets are much easier to use. They are coloured, so you can be sure you have added the dose, and there’s no risk of glass breakage, so it’s safer for operators too.

“Less glass and less packaging on-farm can only be a good thing; the aluminium blister packs and card outers reduce the quantity of waste by 10% compared to vials. Fridge space is always at a premium and, while NeO tablets do need refrigerating, the packs only take up a fraction of the space normally required.”

Two vaccines

Merial vaccines Gallivac IB88 and Avinew will be available in the new NeO format. Avinew NeO is already available, while Gallivac IB88 NeO is expected to be released shortly.

  • The British Pig and Poultry Fair takes place at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, from 10 to 11 May.
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