Sheep farmers can now see first-hand the cost of using the wrong wormer on their farm thanks to a free app and online tool.
The Sheep Drench Cost Calculator will help farmers, in conjunction with their advisors, decide which
Every farm has resistant worm populations which are naturally occurring in the environment. Anthelmintic resistance affects productivity; reduced drench performance means increased surviving worm burden, leading to reduced lamb performance.
The calculator uses the latest UK resistance data or bespoke farm data so farmers can create specific drench plans with costs and return on investment information.
For example, a white wormer may only have 50% efficacy and a yellow wormer, 65% efficacy, compared to a clear moxidectin type wormer (milbemycins), which is often greater than 95% efficacy.
The effectiveness of
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For example, in a group of 40 lambs grazing pasture for 120 days, and averaging £2 a kilo, if a white wormer at 50% efficacy was used, then the total cost of lost production compared to a drench with 100% effectiveness was £131.62.
This is in comparison to £13.51 when a clear drench with 95% effectiveness was used, so moving to a more efficacious drench gives a big potential return on investment.
The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and is free of charge.
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