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Welsh Sheep 2015 showcase for new high-tech treatment gun

The Welsh Sheep 2015 event on 19 May has been chosen for the first ever public demonstration of a new high precision treatment gun for single-handed low volume subcutaneous injections.

Such is the importance of sheep production to Welsh farming and the Principality's economy that this event provides the ideal showcase, according to vet Dave Armstrong from the animal health company and NSA gold sponsor Zoetis.

New guns will be available throughout the day for farmers to examine, with practical demonstrations scheduled for 11am and 2pm.

"The gun handles precision injectable medications up to 5ml per treatment, and has been designed for use with Zoetis' long acting moxidectin injectable wormer and clostridial vaccines for example," says Mr Armstrong.

"One-handed operation enables quicker treatment, lower risk of self-injection by the operator, and better sheep welfare as a result of eliminating needle bending or breakage. It works using a serrated needle guard that creates a skin fold into which the needle penetrates."

Development of the new gun is part of the Zoetis commitment towards helping farmers strengthen their effective and responsible use of animal medicines. Dave Armstrong emphasises that for precision medicines to be exploited fully and responsibly, precision instrumentation is essential.

To accompany the new gun, two detailed advisory booklets covering treatment techniques and equipment maintenance have also been published, covering a number of different designs including different volume injectors, pour-on applications and drenching guns. Copies will be available free of charge to farmers at Welsh Sheep 2015 from the Zoetis stand.

As an indication of operator risk, one staff nurse working just 30-hours a week at a west midlands hospital's A&E department reports dealing with three incidents of wormer self-injection in 20141


1Anon, April 2015. Personal communication. For authentication, source's identity is available off the record from the author.