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LIVER FLUKE (SHEEP)

Liver fluke is known to cause severe clinical disease and death, costing the sheep industry alone millions of pounds every year. Now spreading to new regions liver fluke can increasingly be found throughout the UK, largely due to the impact of climate change. All these factors favour liver fluke:

  • Warmer temperatures throughout the year.
  • Increased rainfall in autumn and winter.
  • Dry eastern areas becoming wetter. East Anglia and south east Scotland can no longer be regarded as safe.
  • Flooding moving snails infected by the parasite into new areas.
  • The grass growing season increasing by 4 weeks over the past 40 years.
  • Increased movement of liver fluke infected animals around the country.
  • Resistance to some commonly used flukicides.

Due to this lengthening of seasons, and the impact of warm, wet weather on the liver fluke lifecycle, the liver fluke challenge can now be higher for a longer period with the risk of high fluke burdens in both sheep and cattle extending throughout the year if not treated effectively.

Resistance to certain active ingredients has been identified on a number of farms. Once liver fluke have become resistant to an active ingredient, and can survive exposure to a treatment that would normally kill them, there is no evidence to suggest they will return to susceptibility. As individuals, and as an industry, we can’t afford to allow this to happen. To achieve effective control now – and to preserve the efficacy of the existing active ingredients for the future – we need to adopt a new approach to liver fluke management. 4 elements of sustainable liver fluke control:

  • Pasture protection – to prevent liver fluke eggs reaching the pasture when snails are active.
  • Pasture management – to reduce snail habitats and therefore reduce snail numbers.
  • Grazing management – to avoid grazing high risk pastures with susceptible animals at high risk times of year.
  • Strategic treatments for at risk animals – using the right product at the right time in the right animals.

PRODUCTS

Fasinex® 5%

Controlling the right stage of liver fluke at the right time is important for sustainable liver fluke control; Fasinex 5% kills every stage in one easy-to-use dose. Fasinex 5% contains triclabendazole, the only active proven to kill all three stages of liver fluke: acute (early immature), sub-acute (immature) and chronic fluke disease (adult). Requiring fewer doses to achieve the same fluke kill as other flukicides.

Product benefits

  • Kills all stages of fluke
    • Kills adult, immature and early immature liver fluke
    • Contains Triclabendazole, the only active ingredient to kill all 3 stages of liver fluke down to 2 days old in sheep
  • Trusted product
    • Over 30 years on the market – the first licensed 5% triclabendazole
  • Productivity benefits
    • Minimises liver damage and blood loss, for faster recovery and better growth
Fasinex 5

Fasimec® Duo

Controlling the right stages of liver fluke at the right time is vital for effective liver fluke control. When looking for a combined liver flukicide and wormer, Fasimec Duo is the product of choice. Combining ivermectin and triclabenzadole in a combined wormer and flukicide, Fasimec Duo controls all significant gastrointestinal roundworms and lung worms in one easy-to-use drench. Fasimec Duo kills all three stages of liver fluke – early immature, immature and adult – down to less than one week of age and has a short meat withdrawal of just 27 days.

Product benefits 

  • Combination product for convenience
    • A combination flukicide and wormer to be used when it’s necessary to treat liver fluke and GI worms at the same time.
    • Fasimec Duo minimises liver damage caused by all 3 stages of liver fluke, optimising productivity.
  • Kills all stages of fluke
    • Contains Triclabendazole, the only active ingredient to kill all 3 stages of liver fluke.
  • Kills all major roundworms which affect productivity
    • Plus Ivermectin, a proven group 3-ML wormer that kills all major roundworms including larval stages and even white drench resistant worms.
Fasimec Duo

Combinex®

Combinex for sheep is an effective liver flukicide and wormer. Combining the active ingredient, triclabendazole, which kills all stages of fluke, alongside a broad spectrum levamisole wormer, Combinex is an easy-to-use drench. Triclabendazole is the only active ingredient that kills all three stages of liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica), while levamazole provides worm control for roundworms. Combinex treats and controls parasitic bronchitis, parasitic gastroenteritis and fasciolosis.

Product benefits

  • Combination product for convenience
    • A combination flukicide and wormer treatment to be used when it’s necessary to treat liver fluke and GI worms at the same time.
    • Convenient control of the most commercially significant sheep endoparasites.
  • Kills all stages of fluke
    • Contains Triclabendazole, the only active ingredient to kill all 3 stages of liver fluke down to 2 days old in sheep.
  • Kills all major roundworms which affect productivity
    • Contains Levamisole – a broad spectrum 2-LV (yellow) wormer.
Combinex Sheep

Flukiver®

Controlling the right stage of fluke at the right time is essential for the health and wellbeing of sheep. Immature and adult liver fluke present themselves in winter and early spring – use Flukiver for effective treatment.

Flukiver is a flukicide for the control of adult and immature liver fluke, Haemonchus contortus (barbers pole worm) and nasal bots in sheep and lambs. It can be used on farms with triclabendazole resistance, and also prevents contamination of pastures with fluke eggs for 13 weeks1. Flukiver is effective against benzimidazole resistant strains of Haemonchus contortus.

  • Contains Closantel.
  • Active against immature and adult liver fluke.
  • For the control of chronic and sub-acute fascioliasis in sheep and lambs.
  • Kills Triclabendazole resistant liver fluke.
Also controls Oestrus ovis (Sheep Nasal Bot Fly) and inhibited, immature and adult stages of Haemonchus contortus (Barber Pole worm), including benzimidazole resistant strains.

Product benefits

  • Kills triclabendazole resistant liver fluke
    • Contains closantel which kills adult and immature Liver Fluke, Haemonchus contortus (barbers pole worm) and Nasal Bots.
    • For the control of chronic and sub-acute fascioliasis in sheep and lambs.
  • Protects pasture
    • Prevents contamination of pasture with fluke eggs for 13 weeks1
  • Meat withdrawal period 42 days.
Flukiver

Supaverm®

Superverm is the ideal treatment of immature and adult liver fluke, while providing effective protection against a wide range of intestinal worms and lungworm in sheep. The combination of closantel and mebendazole in Supaverm protects sheep against liver fluke and worms (lungworm, roundworm and tapeworm) in one easy-to-administer oral drench. It controls chronic (adult) and subacute (immature) fascioliasis (due to Fasciola hepatica) in sheep and lambs, whilst reducing the number of eggs passing onto the pasture and helping combat pasture contamination.

Product benefits

  • Combination product
    • Contains Closantel plus Mebendazole a 1-BZ class wormer.
    • A combination flukicide and wormer to be used when it’s necessary to treat liver fluke and GI worms at the same time.
  • Kills triclabendazole resistant liver fluke
    • Active against immature and adult liver fluke.
    • For the control of chronic and sub-acute fascioliasis.
    • Controls gastrointestinal roundworms, lungworms, tapeworms and nasal bot.
Supaverm