DrenchSmart

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WHAT IS DRENCHSMART?

DrenchSmart is a faecal egg count reduction test service that assesses the drench status of your property. The number of parasites present before treatment (Day One FEC test results) are measured against how many parasites are present after treatment (Day 10 FEC for sheep, and Day 14 FEC for cattle test results).  For a drench active to be regarded as effective it must kill 98% of the parasites present.

WHY DO I NEED DRENCHSMART?

  • To remove the guesswork – know which drenches will work on your property.
  • To slow the development of resistance in the drenches which are currently working for you.
  • To develop effective quarantine procedures.
  • To increase animal performance on your property.
  • To improve farm profitability.
  • To use in on-farm agreements with managers and tenants.
  • To use in property valuation.

The best time of the year to undertake a DrenchSmart for sheep is usually from spring to autumn and for cattle is usually during autumn as this is when parasite challenges are often at their highest. The DrenchSmart test is ideally performed on young animals. A minimum of 4 drenches must be selected up to a maximum of 7, all tests include a Control Group.

It couldn’t be easier...

  1. You contact us to arrange your DrenchSmart test.
  2. We sign an agreement with you ensuring confidentiality of your information.
  3. We carry out a Faecal Egg Count (FEC) test on a suitable mob which is validated in our laboratory, it is important that the FEC is high enough before we start the test. We recommend at least 500 eggs per gram (epg) and ideally between 700-800epg.
  4. The first sample collection is carried out. You need to supply 12 animals per drench group and weighing equipment. Our trained and certified contractor will collect the samples and supply the drenches.
  5. The final sample collection is 10-14 days later. Either the contractor will return to collect these samples or you can collect them yourself. The samples are then couriered to our laboratory for processing.
  6. You receive your DrenchSmart Report which contains all the data on FEC counts and parasite species present on your farm. Recommendations by an independent parasitologist will be included and details of the procedures which were followed on your farm.

WHAT DO I GET?

  • Actual Data - individual FEC count results and Larval Culture Results will be included in your final DrenchSmart report.
  • Recommendations – An independent professional parasitologist provides an interpretation of your results.
  • Parasite Species Identification - where possible resistant parasite species on your farm will be identified.
  • A DrenchSmart Report containing all of the above information, the procedures followed on farm and an application of results.

 

Flock of Sheep

DrenchSmart - Sheep

Currently you have the ability to test the following anthelmintics in your DrenchSmart for Sheep (minimum of 4, maximum of 7), however if you wish to test other anthelmintics that are not in the list, or you wish to discuss which actives you should test on your property please do not hesitate to contact Techion Group.

  • Benzimidazole
  • Levamisole
  • Combination Benzimidazole and Levamisole
  • Ivermectin (UK Only)
  • Abamectin
  • Moxidectin
  • Combination Levamisole and Abamectin
  • Combination Benzimidazole, Levamisole & Abamectin

Process

  1. You contact us to arrange your DrenchSmart test.
  2. We sign an agreement with you ensuring confidentiality of your information.
  3. We carry out a Faecal Egg Count (FEC) test on a suitable mob which is validated in our laboratory, it is important that the FEC is high enough before we start the test. We require at least 500 eggs per gram (epg) but ideally between 700-800epg, these levels are species specific, we will discuss any changes to these levels prior to the commencement of your DrenchSmart.
  4. The first sample collection: You need to supply 12 animals per active group and weighing equipment. Our trained and certified contractor will collect the samples and supply the drenches.
  5. The final sample collection: Occurs 10 days later. Either the contractor will return to collect these samples or you can collect them yourself we will discuss this with you prior to commencement of your DrenchSmart. The samples are then couriered to our laboratory for processing.
  6. Your samples and any Larval Cultures are processed through the laboratory; this can take approximately 3 weeks.
  7. Your DrenchSmart Report will be couriered to you which contains all your data (FEC counts and parasite species present on your farm). Recommendations by an independent parasitologist will be included and details of the procedures which were followed on your farm.
  8. You are most welcome to discuss the report with your preferred animal health provider/specialist; you are also welcome to contact Techion Group at any time with questions or to discuss your results.

 

Grazing Calves

DrenchSmart - Cattle

Currently you have the ability to test the following anthelmintics in your DrenchSmart for Cattle (minimum of 4 maximum of 7), however if you wish to test other anthelmintics that are not in the list, or you wish to discuss which actives you should test on your property please do not hesitate to contact Techion Group.

Oral
  • Benzimidazole
  • Levamisole
  • Combination Benzimidazole and Levamizole
  • Combination Levamisole and Abamectin
Pour On
  • Abamectin
  • Eprinomectin
  • Doramectin
  • Moxidectin
  • Combination Levamisole and Abamectin
Injectable
  • Abamectin
  • Doramectin
  • Moxidectin

Process

  1. You contact us to arrange your DrenchSmart test.
  2. We sign an agreement with you ensuring confidentiality of your information.
  3. We carry out a Faecal Egg Count (FEC) test on a suitable mob which is validated in our laboratory, it is important that the FEC is high enough before we start the test. We require at least 100 eggs per gram (epg) but ideally above 150epg.
  4. The first sample collection: You need to supply 10 animals per active group and weighing equipment. Our trained and certified contractor will collect the samples and supply the drenches.
  5. The final sample collection: Occurs 14 days later. Either the contractor will return to collect these samples or you can collect them yourself we will discuss this with you prior to commencement of your DrenchSmart. The samples are then couriered to our laboratory for processing.
  6. Your samples and any Larval Cultures are processed through the laboratory; this can take approximately 3 weeks.
  7. Your DrenchSmart Report will be couriered to you which contains all your data (FEC counts and parasite species present on your farm). Recommendations by an independent parasitologist will be included and details of the procedures which were followed on your farm.
  8. You are most welcome to discuss the report with your preferred animal health provider/specialist; you are also welcome to contact Techion Group at any time with questions or to discuss your results.

 

Greg Mirams

Tue 13 October, 2015

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Sophie Gibson-Pinn

Fri 05 June, 2015

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