Norbrook has introduced an oral drench to help control liver fluke in sheep all year round.
Solantel has been created for the treatment and prevention of chronic and subacute fasciolosis in lambs and sheep.
According to the company, the drench is effective against adult and late immature fluke – including triclabendazole-resistant fluke – and can also be used to treat Haemonchus contortus.
Norbrook veterinary advisor Steph Small said: “Liver fluke control is a vital component of any animal health plan, which should be composed of management strategies and anthelmintic treatments.
“In spite of our increased knowledge of liver fluke, the prevalence of this parasite is still on the increase and has spread to become endemic across the UK.”
Profit loss potential
Miss Small claimed the potential profit loss per animal as a result of liver fluke could be as high as £3 to £5 per ewe. In addition, incidence of fluke disease diagnosed postmortem in cattle and sheep is rising, with annual losses to the industry of £3 million being attributed to liver condemnations.
She said: “Solantel contains the anthelmintic closantel and does not need be metabolised by the liver to become active.
“The molecule is instead absorbed unchanged into the bloodstream and specifically targets blood-feeding parasites, such as liver fluke.”
Solantel kills fluke from five weeks of age and the treatment also acts against the inhibited, L4 and adult stages of H contortus and Oestrus ovis. The drench is available in three different sizes – 1L, 2.5L and 5L – and is recommended for use mainly during winter and early spring.