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SmartVet develops addition to VetGun platform


May 26, 2017 - Animal Pharm

By Joseph Harvey
Animal Pharm
May 26, 2017 

Kansas-based firm SmartVet has grown its VetGun drug delivery platform to include a new product for helping producers protect cattle against horn flies.

AiM-A Abamectin VetCaps have been commercialized by AgriLabs as a way of tackling the $1 billion problem of horn flies in the US.

VetCaps are abamectin insecticide-filled gel capsules that are delivered via the company's VetGun precision-dosage system. AiM-A VetCaps can be used in a rotation program with AiM-L VetCaps (lambda-cyhalothrin) to manage horn fly resistance in beef cattle.

By using both AiM-A and AiM-L VetCaps, producers can deliver a "one-two punch" to combat horn flies, according to AgriLabs. The color-coded products allow users to take advantage of two different modes of action within the same parasite season.

AiM-A VetCaps are topically applied and absorbed through the skin of the animals. AgriLabs said VetCaps have been shown to be effective against new horn fly hatchlings within 24 hours of feeding, while efficacy lasts up to 30 days.

"In an independent field trial conducted in central Texas, AiM-A VetCaps were applied to test cattle with significant horn fly burdens," the company said. "AiM-A provided knock-down control and remained greater than 95% effective in control of horn flies through four weeks."

Grant Weyer, inventor and chief executive of SmartVet, explained: "The proven convenience of the VetGun enables a single rancher to dose an entire herd out at pasture – no labor, no handling, no stress. Simplifying delivery means ranchers can now apply VetCaps only when parasites are causing economic damage.

"By minimizing the time horn flies are exposed to each insecticide, then rotating chemical classes in short order, these harmful parasites have less time to develop their defenses. The VetGun has just raised the bar in the fight against parasite resistance."

Reprinted with permission of Animal Pharm News

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