Rycoben SC for Sheep, containing ricobendazole, is an oral wormer for the treatment and control of major parasitic worms in sheep. It is also the only broad spectrum white drench licensed as an aid in the prevention of cobalt and selenium deficiency.
- Benzimidazole group 1 white drench
- Broad spectrum roundworm (stomach and gut worm) control
- Ideal for spring / early summer Nematodirus control
- Controls tapeworms (Moniezia) and lungworms
- Kills adult liver fluke in chronic liver fluke disease
- Unbeatable 3 day withholding period for increased marketing flexibility in lambs
Also licensed as an aid in the prevention of cobalt and selenium deficiency in sheep
- Selenium deficiency can manifest as ‘White muscle disease’ causing ill thrift, infertility, weak or still born lambs and poor performance.
- Cobalt deficiency can lead to appetite loss with inevitable effects on growth and performance
When to Use and Why?
A key use for Rycoben is as a targeted treatment for Nematodirus as part of an in season wormer rotation.
Nematodirus usually affects lambs, where larval build-up on pasture can cause sudden death. Nematodirus is unusual as larval stages rather than adults cause disease, meaning Faecal Egg Count Testing cannot predict disease outbreaks and more frequent dosing may be needed during risk periods.
Rycoben can also be used as a broad spectrum wormer through the main worming season.
Rycoben benefits from a short duration action within the treated animal. This differs from some long acting preparations whose persistent activity can increase the rate of resistance development1.
Rycoben can be used at a higher dose to control adult liver fluke. It is recommended that Rycoben is only used as a flukicide in spring when only adult fluke are present on pasture. In Autumn and Winter a flukicide with activity against early immature and immature fluke should be used.
To determine the best treatment programme for your farm consult your vet or advisor and SCOPS (Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep) guidelines.
- Don’t get caught out. Treat lambs regularly during the danger period of March – June2
- Can be used at 2 weekly intervals during the Nematodirus risk period.
- Rycoben’s 3 day withhold allows valuable marketing flexibility for lambs, allowing the best return.
- Treatments should be given in accordance with advice from your vet or prescriber.
1ml of Rycoben per 5kg bodyweight (equating to 5mg ricobendazole, 0.75mg cobalt and 0.08mg selenium per kilogram bodyweight.)
Adult fluke dose for sheep
1.5ml of Rycoben per 5kg bodyweight (equating to 7.5mg ricobendazole, 1.125mg cobalt and 0.12mg selenium per kilogram bodyweight).
Available in four pack sizes: 0.8L, 2.2L, 5L and 12.2L promo pack including gun (contains 2x5L, 1x2.2L and drench gun)
- Farm management practices associated with macrocylic lactone resistance on sheep farms in New Zealand – Lawrence K. E, Rhodes A. P. Jackson R, Leathwick D. M, Heuer C, Pomroy W. E, West D. M, Waghorn T. S, Moffat J. R.
Evidence that moxidectin is a greater risk factor than ivermectin in the development of resistance to macrocylic lactones by Ostertagia spp in sheep in south eastern Australia.
- Higher than expected levels of teledorsagia circumcincta may occur earlier in the year. Take care if 1-BZ resistant teledorsagia circumcincta are present).
Rycoben SC for sheep contains 2.5% w/v ricobendazole, 1.8% w/v hydrated cobalt sulphate and 0.19% w/v hydrated sodium selenate. Rycoben® is a registered trademark of Novartis AG, Basel, Switzerland. Advice on the use of this or alternative medicines must be sought from the medicine prescriber.
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