New Goat Drench
The Australian animal health products manufacturer Virbac has been collaborating with the local goat industry for a long time in the development of a registered antiparasitic drench for use on goats. The end result of this collaboration is a broad spectrum oral drench called Caprimec which is to be commercially available August 1st.
The product description is Caprimec Broad Spectrum Oral Antiparasitic Solution for Goats, APVMA Product No. 60420, Active Constituent: 0.8g/L Abamectin
Abamectin is described as a short acting, highly potent member of the ML family of drenches. Researchers have suggested that Abamectin differs from Ivermectin and Moxidectin enough for it to be considered a third alternative within the ML family of drenches.
It is also claimed that due to its high potency it is able to delay the onset of resistance due to its short acting nature and high potency.
Manufacturers state product is for the treatment and control of abamectin sensitive strains of internal parasites of goats (including benzimidazole, levamisole, and morantel resistant strains). Dose rate: 1mL/4kg bodyweight, Withhold: Meat - 14 days. Milk - 4 days (8 milkings), ESI: 28 days, Re-treatment Interval: 28 days. This product is contraindicated for use in kids less than 6 weeks of age or less than 10kg bodyweight. I personally look forward to trialing the new drench on my own herd after August