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25 October 2023

A terrific turn out of over 50 pig producers and professionals including Abbey Animal Health’s WA Business Manager Josh Sweeny, all attended the WAPPA Industry Day in Perth. A diverse, strong line up of speakers filled the day, which included WA’s Chief and Deputy Veterinary Officers Dr Michelle Rodan and Dr Marion Seymour, who tackled the pressing issues linked with emergency animal disease preparation and WA’s current response to Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV).

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Director for Regional Compliance Noel Chambers elaborated on DPIRD’s approach to the new amendments to the Animal Welfare Act.

Some intriguing insights into the global and national grain and meat markets, together with economic trends in agriculture were discussed by Matt Dalgeish from Episode 3.

The day concluded with a spectacular presentation from a key WA pig producer in that of Dawson Bradford who opened his farms doors to the diverse mixed farm operation of Hillcroft Farms which he runs in Popanyinning. Dawson provided strong visual insights to his pig production, feed grain and sheep setups, touching upon such topics like ‘being different from the rest’ and utilising tried, proven feed strategies to control P2 backfat and lift feed conversion.

It was an excellent event which allowed both strong networking and learning opportunities for the WA pig producers professionals across the state, reiterating the importance pig production has for the WA agricultural industry.

Dawson Bradford (above) speaking from Hillcroft Farms



25 October 2023

The annual Dowerin Machinery Field Day at the end of August attracted a strong audience across both the two days. The 2023 field day attracted close to 17,000 people and had over 550 exhibitors present.

The event is a pivotal field day in the WA agriculture community calendar, allowing business’ to showcase their products and services which support the operations of primary producers and farmers. Additionally, this field day presents a platform to promote WA agriculture to a broader audience.

Abbey Animal Health’s WA Business Manager Josh Sweeny was privileged to attend this event and enjoyed the opportunity of engaging with farmers, livestock professionals and veterinarians with the Delta Ag WA stand. Josh was pleased to help farmers understand what different economical animal health opportunities are available through Abbey Animal Health. This in turn gave capacity to lower some of their enterprise input costs during a challenging period for both sheep and cattle industries following notable downturns in both markets in WA and nationwide.

The event is integral to supporting local rural communities within the Wheatbelt region and Abbey Animal Health are looking for to being back to support the event in 2024!


24 August 2023

Boree Park held their inaugural Open Day on July 25. The event was supported with a large turnout of sheep producers, consultants, agricultural professionals, and veterinarians in attendance.

Abbey Animal Health Western Australia Business Manager, Josh Sweeny, was one of approximately 90 attendees at the event. Attendees were given the opportunity to closely inspect a range of spectacularly looking White Suffolk rams.

Several speakers gave very informative and well received talks covering topics such as EID tags, sheep and goat traceability, and MLA’s Peta Bradley presented advancements in eating quality traits achieved through ASBV genetic selection.

The attendees were treated to an array of delicious food such as lamb pies, skewers, and sliders…YUM, excellent food all round!

Feedback from attendees was very positive and appreciative, with most commenting on the quality of the information delivered, particularly around important advancements in genetic selection, nutrition, and animal health management now available for sheep enterprises nationwide.

A big thank you to Boree Park for organising and hosting the event.



18 May 2023

Abbey Animal Health are excited to announce the launch of EXISHIELD™ GOLD Pour On for the control of Sheep Lice.

EXISHIELD™ GOLD is a dual active pour-on that contains imidacloprid and abamectin, both lousicide’s are recognised as highly effective in combating lice in sheep. The actives work synergistically to help provide better, overall, long lasting sheep lice protection.

EXISHIELD™ GOLD is a highly effective lice management lousicide and should be considered as your first choice in lice protection and management, given its two actives and their ability to work synergistically in providing sheep the treatment and control of susceptible strains of sheep lice.

EXISHIELD™ GOLD™ can be applied immediately and up to seven days after shearing, and it will provide up to five weeks of lice protection. It’s priced competitively so that you can afford great lice protection for your sheep.

As EXSHIELD™ GOLD contains imidacloprid, a member of the neonicotinoid family of chemicals and abamectin, a member of the macrocyclic lactone family of chemicals, resistance may develop to any chemical. We would recommend you use a non-macrocylic based drench, such as Abbey COMBITAK to help minimise worm resistance.

EXISHIELD™ GOLD 20L is available for purchase now through your local independent rural retailer, ask for the green drum.

Purchase yours today and protect your sheep tomorrow. Double up to double down.

Abbey Animal Health is an Australian owned and operated company and can be contacted via abbeylabs.com.au or our information line 02 8088 0720.


29 October 2019

Most producers understand that iron is an essential nutrient for all livestock, vital for producing the proteins that enable red blood cells to carry oxygen around the body and facilitate normal growth. Yet piglets in particular are commonly born with low iron reserves. That’s why it’s become standard global practice to inject piglets with doses of up to 200 milligrams of supplementary iron to prevent anaemia, particularly in the first 60 days of life when their body weight should increase tenfold.

However in doing so, producers bear an important responsibility. Ultimately they’re not just breeding pigs, but preparing a food product for human consumption. That’s why it’s important for producers to realise that impurities in injectable iron products are a serious concern for the agricultural industry.

An independent study, published in the Journal of Swine Health and Production in 2018 analysed 16 injectable iron products from around the world, testing them in particular for heavy metal impurity levels including arsenic, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, lead and mercury. In 15 of these products, the levels of arsenic, chromium and/or lead, exceeded the permitted daily exposure limits for humans.

The study concluded that arsenic, chromium and lead could inadvertently be administered to pigs receiving iron injections. Although the effects of these heavy metals in humans is well known, the effects in young pigs is yet to be determined.

Choose a ‘heavy metal-free’ injectable iron product for your piglets

One product tested ‘clean’ in terms of levels of chromium, lead and arsenic below Permitted Daily Exposure (PDE) limits. That product is Uniferon® (Abbey Animal Health), which contains 200mg/mL of iron.

Uniferon® is manufactured without the use of organic solvent or cyanide, avoiding trace residues of heavy metal impurities. It’s the one brand of injectable iron that met human pharmaceutical standards.

The quality of injectable products depends on the steps taken to avoid and remove impurities that may be introduced during manufacture.  The 2018 tests demonstrate that the way in which Uniferon® is manufactured makes this goal achievable. The tests provide reassurance that producers can administer quality iron without the risk of heavy metal impurities.

Heavy metals don’t belong in iron products

Balancing animal health and welfare while meeting food standards is paramount. Producers and veterinarians need to be aware that heavy metals simply don’t belong in these products and don’t need to be there.

Consumer expectations are also driving retailer and producer behaviours. Consumer trends towards eating animal products that are minimally processed – such as the ‘clean eating’ movement – place more responsibility on the shoulders of injectable iron manufacturers and producers to meet these expectations. Not only should the product consistently deliver the correct amount of iron, it shouldn’t be contaminated with heavy metal impurities. Put simply, to maintain the health and profitability of its animals, the industry needs ‘clean’ injectable iron products.

The potential for iron products to deliver elevated levels of heavy metals to very young piglets is a concern… especially when there is no need to compromise. Pig producers can now make an educated choice by choosing ‘clean’ iron to safely and effectively prevent iron deficiency and anaemia within their litters.

References: 1. Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code – Standard 1.4.1 – Contaminants and Natural Toxicants

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2016C00167 2. Radke SL, Olsen CW, Ensley SM. Elemental impurities in injectable iron products for swine. J Swine Health Prod 2018; 26(3):142-145. 3. Animal Health, Welfare and Food Safety  Implications of Injectable Iron Products for Piglets. International Animal Health Journal 2019; 55 (2): 54-57.

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