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Schmallenberg virus Prevention is better than cure

With cases of the Schmallenberg virus in sheep and cattle continuing to rise across the UK, and losses as high as 60% being reported in some early lambing flocks, leading pesticide manufacturerAgropharm Ltd. is urging farmers and vets to take action before the virus affects their livestock.

The Schmallenberg Virus which is spread by midges, has been associated with late abortion or birth defects in newborn lambs and cattle and, unusually, there is evidence that the virus has been transmitted during the winter months. Confirmed cases of the virus have risen by 24% in the past month, suggesting the disease is spreading rapidly.

Agropharm has developed Neem Pro Riddance, an organic, water based, anti biting agent designed to control midge bites and limit the spread of the Schmallenberg Virus. Neem Pro Riddance is the only product on the market to actually prevent biting thereby protecting the animals from risk of contracting Schmallenberg. 

Suitable for use as a health maintenance insect control product, Neem Pro Riddance is the first product of this kind on the market, is easy to apply and offers instant protection against midges and flies. Neem Pro Riddance is available as a concentrate for dilution or as a convenient, cost effective and ready to use trigger spray for immediate use.

MD of Agropharm Geoff Foxon comments: “There is currently no vaccine for the Schmallenberg Virus so at this point the best course of action is prevention as part of an integrated control programme to reduce incidence. Neem Pro Riddance will also offer a second line of defence even when a vaccine does become available.”

A natural organic product which is based on neem oil, an insect active material derived from the neem tree, indigenous to southern Asia, Neem Pro Riddance is also suitable for use on organic lifestock. The product can also be used to prevent bothersome flies and deter flies attracted by blood when ear tags are used, says the company.


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