Taktic Amitraz to control ticks, mange mites, lice and keds on cattle, sheep, goats and pigs

  • Taktic Amitraz to control ticks, mange mites, lice and keds on cattle, sheep, goats and pigs

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Taktic Amitraz to control ticks, mange mites, lice and keds on cattle, sheep, goats and pigs

The highly effective ectoparasiticide for the control of mange mites and lice on pigs. Can be used to treat surroundings.
 



Synonyms
Triatix



Summary description
Taktic is an emulsifiable concentrate containing 125 g/litre of the unique ingredient amitraz and is specifically formulated for animal ectoparasite control. Its exceptional activity against a broad spectrum of ticks, mange mites, lice and keds has been demonstrated in field trials and commercial use throughout the world. Three major indications exist; cattle tick control, pig mange and sheep mange.

Description
Taktic is an emulsifiable concentrate containing 125 g/litre of the unique ingredient amitraz and is specifically formulated for ectoparasite control on animals . Due to its unique mode of action it is effectively used in the control of ticks, mange mites lice and keds on cattle, sheep, goats and pigs by spray or dip treatment.

Composition
Emulsifiable concentrate containing 125 g/litre amitraz.

Indications
For the control of ticks, mange mites, lice and keds on cattle, sheep, goats and pigs by spray or dip treatment.

Dosage
Cattle:
Taktic kills ticks, mange mites and lice including strains resistant to organochlorines, organophosphates and synthetic pyrethroids.

Dipping
Initial fill: 1 litre Taktic in 500 litres of water.
Recharge: When the dip volume has fallen by 20% of the initial fill, recharge with 1.5 litres Taktic per 500 litres of water added. Prepare the dip on the day of use. Fill with clean water. Add the required volume of and stir well.

Dip Wash Retention
If the dip wash is to be retained for later use, it is essential to stabilise the wash as follows:
- Charge the dipwash by adding 5 kg lime (80% minimum calcium hydroxide) for every litre of Taktic used in the charge and mix thoroughly.
- Recharge as necessary with Taktic and add 10 kg of lime with every 1.5 litres of Taktic.
- Further lime must be added every 2 months when the dip is not in use, at the rate of 10 kg per 2,000 litres.

Spraying
Hand Spraying
Use 20 ml Taktic in 10 litres of water.
Prepare spray on the day of treatment, using clean water. Spray the whole body of the animal until it is thoroughly wet.

Spray Race
Initial fill: 1 litre Taktic in 500 litres of water.
Where run-off is re-circulated, reinforce by adding 150-200 ml to the sump for every 100 cattle treated, but do not add more water. Mix thoroughly. Continue treating until no more spray can be pumped out. If spraying is to continue, recharge at the initial concentration.

Spray Wash Retention
It is essential to stabilise unused spray wash by adding lime (80% minimum calcium hydroxide) at 2 kg per 200 litres wash and stir well. Where the race will not be used for an extended period, discard the spray.
Note: In serve cases of mange or lice a second treatment is recommended 7-10 days after the first.

Sheep and Goats:
Treatment with Taktic will control ticks, mange mites, lice and keds.

Dipping
Dipping is the recommended method for the treatment of sheep.
Initial fill: 1 litre Taktic in 250 litres of water.
Recharge: When the dip volume has fallen by 20% of the initial fill, recharge with 1.5 litres Taktic per 250 litres of water added. Prepare the dip on the day of use. Fill with clean water. Add the required volume of and stir well. Retain the animal in the dip for approximately 30 seconds, immersing the head at least once. Do not dip tired or thirsty animals. Discard dip after use. Treat all animals in a flock whether visibly affected or not.

Spraying
Use 40 ml Taktic in 10 litres of water.
Prepare spray on the day of treatment, using clean water. Spray the whole body of the animal until it is thoroughly wet.

Pigs:
Treatment with Taktic will control mange and lice at the same time.
Use 40 ml Taktic in 10 litres of water. Prepare spray on the day of treatment, using clean water. Treat all animals in a group at the same time, whether visibly affected or not. Remove feed from pens and cover drinking bowls. Remove bedding and clean out pens. Use sufficient spray to soak animals thoroughly, paying particular attention to ears, groin and between forelegs. Scabs need not be removed prior to treatment. During treatment, spray walls, floors and fittings in the pen.

Recommended Control Programme
Initially treat the whole herd and all the buildings.
Repeat after 7-10 days. Make routine prophylactic treatments as follows:
Working boars: Treat routinely every 2-3 months.
Sows and gilts: Treat as they enter farrowing quarters.
Young pigs: Treat after weaning or before moving to fattening house.
New additions to herd: Treat before mixing with other pigs.
For treatment of empty buildings, a single application of 80 ml Taktic in 10 litres water can be used.

Method of administration
Taktic 12.5 EC can be applied by spraying or by plunge dipping. Which method is used depends on a number of factors such as; animal breed, parasite species, availability of water, number of animals, standard of field management etc.
Beneath the (dis)-advantages of both methods are listed

Dipping
Dipping is the most commonly used treatment method when large numbers of animals have to be treated. It involves passing the livestock through a dip containing a dilution of the antiparasitic product being used.
Dipping has a number of advantages:

  • Large numbers of animals can be handled effectively
  • The whole body of the animal is immersed in the solution. In comparing wetting effect of dipping versus spraying of cattle it was demonstrated that 89.5% of the tick predilections sites were wet when dipping while this figure was only 68.5% using an improved cattle spray race!
  • Dipping goes quick
  • Construction costs are limited per treatment
  • Management relatively simple

On the other hand, dipping has a number of disadvantages

  • Stress to the animal
  • Risk of drowning or wounding due to the dip construction
  • Risk of disease transmission; mastitis, lumpy skin disease
  • No possibility to modify treatment as a function of the species, type or condition of the animal
  • Animals passing through plunge dips strip a significant amount of active ingredient from the wash.
  • Disposal of dip wash

The dipping or immersion method is therefore rarely employed for the treatment of fragile or high value animals as e.g dairy cattle.
Information on dip design, for either cattle or sheep, and the management of diptanks can be obtained from Boxmeer.

Spraying
Several spray methods do exist to apply Taktic on your animal; spray tunnels, motorized hand-spraying devices or hand-knapsack sprayer.
The application of Taktic with spraytunnels possesses several advantages:

  • Ease of use
  • Ability to treat precious, fragile animals
  • Active ingredients can easily be changed

However also a number of disadvantages do exist with spraytunnels:

  • Relative expensive
  • High level of maintenance needed.
  • Correction of stripping effect needs attention.

Advantages of using a knapsack sprayer are:

  • Limited handling facilities needed
  • Strategic application at predilections sites
  • Active ingredients easily changed
  • Hardly any investments needed

Disadvantages of using knapsack sprayers are numerous:

  • Hard work and time consuming
  • Inefficient
  • Large quantities of wash needed per animal
  • With knapsack sprayer not possible to obtain sufficient pressure

Pour on
Pour-on method involves pouring butox over the back or sites of the animal. A pouring-beaker or automatic gun can be used.

Advantages of pour on method

  • Ease of use
  • Correct volume of active ingredient
  • Long residual action
  • Non wasteful
  • Strategic application at predilections sites

Major disadvantages of using the pour on method

  • Cost per treatment
  • High concentration of active ingredient
  • Sometimes an irritant on the animal’s skin

Withholding period
Taken into consideration the maximum residual limits the following withdrawal periods are recommended. For edible tissues; 1 day for cattle and goats and 7 days for sheep and pig. For bulked milk from treated herds a zero withholding period can be recommended provided that a least 7 hours have elapsed between treatment and the next milking.

Presentation
1 litre, 5 litres co-extruded bottles

Storage
At ambient temperatures

Warnings
Do not use in horses

Side effects
Apart from occurrences of dose related somnolence in cattle and sheep, which disappear spontaneously after a few hours, Taktic has an excellent safety margin, and can be safely used in farm animals at any stage of pregnancy.

Contra-indications
Do not use on horses.

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