Virbac Animal Health has extended its scheme to encourage farmers to have milk samples analysed in line with the industry-wide campaign to promote the responsible use of antimicrobials.
Virbac Animal Health has extended a successful scheme it launched earlier this year to encourage farmers to have milk samples analysed in line with the industry-wide campaign to promote the responsible use of antimicrobials.
Under the terms of the initiative, announced in February, veterinary surgeons purchasing Virbac’s Cephaguard DC therapy receive vouchers to distribute to farmer clients. These vouchers can be redeemed for milk bacteriology to determine the pathogens causing mastitis and so ensure treatment is more targeted and effective.
Brigitte Goasduf, ruminants product manager at Virbac, said: “We’ve had an excellent response from practices so far and, in view of this, we’ve decided to extend it until the end of 2012.”
Vouchers with a return deadline of August 31 will remain valid for this extended period.
She added: “We hope the scheme will continue to give our veterinary customers the opportunity to foster good practice by encouraging farmer clients to submit milk samples for investigation at no cost to themselves. This will then enable farmers to treat the bacteria causing the infection in line with industry guidelines for the use of antimicrobials.”
Graham Stephens, partner at the Gloucester-based Wood Veterinary Group, said: “Schemes like this, which encourage the investigation of mastitis problems, are most welcome because they encourage a more strategic approach to treatment.”
- For further information, contact your Virbac territory manager or call 01359 243243.