Flexolt oral lice treatment is a game changer for sheep producers

Battling lice is no longer as time consuming or as hit or miss with the release of a world first oral lice treatment for sheep available now for local producers

Ed Storey a third-generation sheep farmer from Yass in the New South Wales Southern Tablelands believes Flexolt is a game changer lice treatment for wool producers

For the first time, local sheep producers can treat their flock for lice when it best suits them following the release of Flexolt oral lice treatment.

Up until now, Lice is estimated to cost the local sheep industry around $123 million a year, but with the release of this world first oral lice treatment for sheep, Flexolt®, all that is about to change.

Flexolt is a part of the Coopers range of products from MSD Animal Health and will be arriving soon at rural retailers across the country.

This new lice treatment is set to revolutionise the sheep and wool industry, giving producers greater flexibility when it comes to protecting their stock.

Flexolt contains a novel active ingredient that works systemically from the inside out. It can be used on any length of wool, allowing farmers to treat off-shears, short and long wool sheep and lambs*.

The product also gives producers greater choice, allowing them to treat their flock for lice at any time, including pre-lambing, when lambs* are at foot, or when outside stock is brought onto the farm.

A single 20-litre drum of Flexolt can be used to treat more than 2,200 sheep with an average weight of 60kg.

The product is administered via a single oral dose and is easy to dispense with a backpack and oral applicator.

With more doses in a single drum compared to other lice products, Flexolt makes transport, storage and disposal easier for producers.

MSD Animal Health Technical Lead and veterinarian, Dr Jane Morrison, said the breakthrough innovation will transform on-farm practices for Australian sheep and wool producers.

“Lice is a significant issue for the Australian sheep and wool industries and is estimated to cost the local sheep industry around $123 million a year through disease control and production losses,” Dr Morrison added.

“Flexolt gives producers greater flexibility, choice and control, allowing them to choose when it best suits them to treat their flock for lice. It also means farmers can consider management options like split shearing without compromise, and that can boost their on-farm productivity.”

Dr Jane Morrison the MSD Animal Health Technical Lead and veterinarian can see how Flexolt will transform on-farm practices for local sheep and wool producers

Ed Storey, a third generation sheep farmer from Yass in the New South Wales Southern Tablelands, explained why he thinks Flexolt is a game changer for wool producers, who can now finally consider a community approach to lice treatment.

“I run between 8,000 and 9,000 head of sheep on my property in Yass, and a lice outbreak can be devastating, not only for your own farm, but it presents a biosecurity risk for your neighbours,” Ed Storey continued.

“Flexolt is a complete game changer for the sheep and wool industry. It means you can coordinate with your neighbours to treat for lice at any time, in any sheep, with any length of wool. Sheep farmers have never been able to do this before.

“We all hope we never get lice, but the fact of the matter is we do. This product is another tool we can use to tackle the issue head-on. I can’t wait to use Flexolt as a regular part of my management,” Ed Storey concluded.

Flexolt® is available across the country through local rural retailers. To learn more about this innovative new treatment go to this link.

Explanation of asterisk *Lambs from 6kg body weight