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Preventative medicine sales increase by 64pc

The use of preventative medicines on Irish farms has increased by a massive 64pc over the past five years, according to the latest statistics.

The figures reveal a huge swing by farmers towards vaccines to prevent disease in cattle, sheep and pigs.

Preventative medicine use rose by 25pc in the past 12 months, delegates at the Animal and Plant Health Association (APHA) conference were told last week.

APHA chairman Philip Bergin said the trend was a major boost to Ireland's animal health status and could only enhance the country's image as a producer of quality food.

Denise Roche, of GFK Kynetec, which monitors trends in the sale of animal health products in more than 3,000 outlets nationwide, told the conference that use of cattle vaccines increased by 30pc in the 12 months to July 2011 and use of pig vaccines increased by 21pc.

The total market for animal health products in Ireland showed an increase of 10pc during the past year, with cattle vaccines now accounting for the biggest segment of the animal health market.

Cattle, sheep and pig producers accounted for 78pc of all animal health products used in Ireland in the past year.


The research found that vets account for 55pc of all sales of animal health products, up from 44pc 10 years ago. The market share held by co-ops has dropped from 24pc to 15pc, while pharmacies have seen a drop in share from 12pc to 8pc.

Referring to the big increase in use of vaccines in cattle, sheep and pigs, Mr Bergin said the "continuing upward trend in usage of preventative medicines is a major boost to Ireland's animal health status and can only enhance our image as a producer of quality food".

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