Video: Big Week on The Farm sheep farmer talks worm control

Fresh from his successful stint on RTE’s Big Week on The Farm, sheep farmer John Fagan has got straight back to work.

Fagan, a full-time farmer in Westmeath farms 1,100 ewes and 125 beef cattle on 180ha, now stars in a new TV advertisement for Cydectin focusing on worm control on his farm.

In the ad, which features Fagan dosing his lambs, he notes the importance of worm control stressing that he ‘has to make today count.’

According to Fagan, when it comes to Cydectin, there are no issues with resistance in Ireland and with its 35-day worm protection he has great piece of mind.

Summer has arrived and, at last, grass is now growing and ewes and lambs should be thriving.

Most flocks will have used a white or yellow dose for Nematodirus worm infection and some may have also had to dose for coccidiosis.

The next parasite challenge will be the summer worms.

Farmer john behind the scenes for zoetis advert

Infective larvae will have survived the winter and infective burden will increase on pastures as the summer progresses.

These worms will stop lambs from thriving and can cause disease and even deaths.

Taking fresh dung samples from lambs and asking your local vet to do a faecal egg count is a good way of determining if and when they need a dose.

Farmer john behind the scenes for zoetis advert

The older white and yellow doses have no persistent effect against worms. i.e. these wormers kill the worms the day the animals are dosed but, the following day, the animals could pick up new infections.

Farmer john behind the scenes for zoetis advert

The Cydectin Oral Sheep dose offers persistence, with 35 days worm protection against Teladorsagia and Haemonchus.

A lamb dosed today will be cleared of worms and any infective larvae picked up during the next five weeks will also be killed.

Farmer john behind the scenes for zoetis advert

The advantage of this is that sheep treated with a Cydectin product have to be dosed less frequently and the pasture has a lower infectious burden, meaning that lambs will thrive better and be ready for drafting earlier, hopefully getting the better prices earlier in the summer.

The meat withdrawal period is only 14 days, so less risk of having to hold lambs until drugs have cleared.

The ad was created by Agri-Marketing specialist