SAFE-GUARD® BLOCK RESEARCH - Efficacy Study (123kb)
A study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of Safe-Guard® medicated dewormer blocks against natural infections of gastrointestinal nematodes of cattle. Twenty calves were divided into 2 groups of 10 each. One group served as non-medicated controls while the other group served as the treatment group. Mixed breed calves (Hereford, Angus and Brahman) were purchased from the same farm with an average weight of approximately 500 pounds. They had been on pastures naturally contaminated with nematode larvae for several months prior to shipment to the study location. Upon arrival, calves were placed in a drylot and acclimated for 7 days prior to initiation of the study. During this period, they were allowed access to unmedicated dewormer blocks similar to those to be used in the study. Each calf was then placed in an individual pen so that block consumption could be monitored. They each received dewormer blocks without fenbendazole for 1 week prior to being offered medicated blocks. Untreated controls were not offered blocks. All calves received hay and water but no other supplemental feed or source of salt during the preliminary phase. Fecal samples were taken prior to treatment with Safe-Guard® medicated dewormer blocks and again 5 days after the last day of treatment. All calves were necropsied 5 days after the last day of treatment to determine actual nematode count and species present.
SAFE-GUARD® BLOCK RESEARCH - Southeastern U.S.A. Study (118kb)
Fall and winter are key times to be promoting the En-pro-al/Safe-Guard® (fenbendazole) deworming block for use in the Southern U.S. The following Safe-Guard® treatment program in weaning cattle grazing coastal Bermuda pastures also achieved seasonal control. As a result, calves gained an additional 67 lbs. per head compared to calves given a traditional single treatment in November.
SAFE-GUARD® BLOCK RESEARCH - Consumption Study (121kb)
Three dewormer block consumption studies were conducted using a total of 143 mature cattle (approximately 50 at each location). Locations of the studies were Alabama, Louisiana and Wyoming. An adaptation period of 4-19 days with unmedicated feedblocks was required prior to offering the medicated dewormer blocks. The adaptation period varied depending upon current and previous herd feeding and management practices in addition to weather conditions. The medicated dewormer blocks were given for a 3-day treatment period with the total Safe-Guard® Block consumption for the 3-day period calculated to be 5 mg fenbendazole per kg body weight (2.27 mg/lb. body weight). All cattle were grazing on pasture. No supplemental feed was given except for the dewormer blocks. The total number of dewormer blocks placed in each pasture was determined at the beginning of each study and was based on the number of cattle in each pasture and other conditions such as physical layout of the pasture and watering areas. Fecal samples were collected from all cattle before treatment and again approximately 14 days after treatment. Fecal egg counts were determined for all samples.
VOLAR® - Technical Information Sheets (512kb)