Internal parasites, particularly lungworm and ostertagia are a significant animal health problem on New Zealand deer farms. Due to widespread drench resistance, farmers have had to resort to using mixes of drenches that were not registered for deer, with the resultant 91 day withholding period.
Cervidae Oral is a new triple action drench developed specifically for deer in New Zealand. It is a combination of moxidectin, levamisole and oxfendazole and has a dose rate of 1 ml per 10 kg.
Cervidae has been developed and trialled in New Zealand conditions and has a 28 day meat withholding period.
To protect this new drench and slow the onset of resistance, farmers will still need to have an integrated parasite control programme. This should include: