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Treating gutworm before calving boosts milk yield for cheese making

Merial-Sanofi_Logo_rgbTreating dairy cows for gutworm before calving as part of a herd health strategy helps Joseph Heler Farms' award-winning herd produce high quality milk for cheese making.

Home to award-winning dairy cows, known as the Helton Herd, Joseph Heler's Parkes Farm, in Audlem, Cheshire,  is one of many that supply Joseph Heler's with milk for producing some of the best quality regional, traditional and specialist cheeses in the UK. The dairy is two miles away from the farm and produces farmhouse cheese and regional cheese including Cheshire, Cheddar and Red Leicester plus some specialist cheeses.

The pedigree Holstein herd consists of around 270 milking cows which produce an average annual yield of around 9,500 litres, plus an additional 200-220 youngstock. The cows calve all year round.

Producing quality milk and maintaining profitable cows is a high priority for farm manager Mark Thornton: "For us, herd health is paramount in producing good quantities of quality milk for cheese and maintaining the fertility and general health of our cows. This keeps them productive and profitable."

Mr Thornton continues:  "We have used EPRINEX® (eprinomectin) for over ten years on both our milking cows and heifers. We treat our cows in the dry period, around three to four weeks before calving. We find that this timing works best for our animals - they're getting ready to calve-down, are in general good health and are raring to go.

"Treating the cows with EPRINEX® for gutworm helps them get over the energy deficit after calving and ensures they can more efficiently convert their feed. This gets them off to a great start."

Adult cows don't often demonstrate clinical signs of gutworm infection and tend not to suffer clinical disease. However, a wealth of evidence on the impact of parasites on productivity has shown that treating dairy cows for gutworm can improve productivity.

"EPRINEX® has a heritage of more than 17 years of proven use by thousands of farmers, like Mr Thornton, who have successfully treated millions of cows in the UK and all over the world," says Victoria Hudson, Brand manager at Merial Animal Health. "In fact, EPRINEX® is the only zero-withhold wormer for dairy cows that has been used in research studies over a period of 12 years on more than 8000 cows in 11 separate trials. It has an impressive pedigree, having been specifically referenced in these studies."

"By controlling gutworm, EPRINEX® has been shown to have a positive effect on milk yields with increases of anything up to 2.6 litres per cow per day1," she concludes.


1. Reist et al., Veterinary Record 168 (2011) 484-487

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