Zoetis brings long-acting implants to Canadian cattle market


Zoetis is introducing long-acting implants to the Canadian market, with options for both finishing and grass cattle.

Synovex LA-F and Synovex LA-G are identical to the company’s Synovex Choice and Synovex Plus, but with patented coating technology for an up to 200-day effective duration.

And while they may be new to Canada, they aren’t new to North America says livestock nutritionist John McKinnon, adding they’ve been available in the U.S. for roughly five years and have a lot of data backing them up.

“As the barrier dissolves, exposed pores allow active ingredients to be released over time,” says McKinnon, who recently spoke to delegates of the Alberta Beef Industry Conference’s pre-conference sessions.

Synovex LA-F and LA-G are approved for use in steers and heifers, use the same implanting device, and mean producers don’t need to bring animals in for a second implant.

Hear livestock nutritionist John McKinnon in conversation with RealAgriculture’s Debra Murphy, following his presentation at the Alberta Beef Industry Conference. The two talk about what makes these implants long-lasting, how they affect performance and carcass characteristics, and who should consider bringing them into their operation.

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