Supplies of fluke drench Zanil set to remain tight until April according to manufacturers
Supplies of the flukicide Zanil will remain tight for the rest of the month, the manufacturers have admitted.
Zanil is the only flukicide containing oxyclozanide that is licensed for use in dairy cows -- the product has a three-day milk withdrawal period -- and demand for the product has outstripped supplies since before Christmas.
The manufacturers, Intervet Schering-Plough, told the Farming Independent that supplies of the product would be back on track in April but delivery of stocks would continue to be disrupted through March.
Intervet Schering-Plough had changed the site of manufacture for Zanil at the end of last year and supplies had been affected by the move, explained the company's chief veterinary adviser in Ireland, Fergal Morris.
"We were out of production for December but we started again in January. We are receiving product every two weeks but demand is very strong," Mr Morris said. "From April we should have no supply problems but March is going to be relatively tight," he added.
Zanil is a fluke drench which is effective against adult liver fluke in cattle and sheep and suitable for young, pregnant and lactating animals. It also controls rumen (stomach) fluke.
Dairy farmers looking to treat cows for stomach fluke pre- calving are facing delays of up to two weeks in sourcing the product.