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.

SolantelAccording 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.

Parasite prevalence

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.

View your activity >

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of


related content

Two new cases of Babesia have been confirmed in untravelled UK dogs, lending weight to predictions the disease could spread this autumn and next spring.

5 mins

Common diseases are common, but, as Gayle Hallowell explains, "zebra"-type cardiac conditions do occur – and can be diagnosed using a care-based approach.

23 mins

Owen Atkinson discusses various approaches towards managing this common pernicious disease affecting the bovine foot.

22 mins

Shropshire farmer Roger Evans questions the transmission of bTB on working farms and the precautions in place to prevent outbreaks.

14 mins

To mark the launch of the 2017 BVA In Practice CPD programme, the association has teamed up with programme sponsor Subaru to find a vet to give one of its Outback models the most intense test drive possible.

3 mins

While on the farm rotation at university, Jordan's inexperience lead her to discuss when things go wrong and examine the "safety net" provided by the Veterinary Defence Society.

10 mins