BIMATIX DIP STABILITY TRIALS BEGIN
Cattle dipping in East Africa is a major part of an all-out battle to eradicate tick-borne diseases particularly the dreaded East Coast Fever which has become a major drain in the livestock industry profitability.
In November 2016, Bimeda – Kenya set out to begin the Bimatix (Alphacypermethrin 10% EC) dip stability trial, basically an experimental procedure covering aspects related to verification of efficacy against tick infestation on the host animal (This first phase was carried out in 2013) and establishment of management strategies which will ensure optimal long term use of the molecule in a plunge dip. This exercise is carried out by officers from the department of Tick control and Lab diagnostics from the office of the Director of State Veterinary Services.
The 9-month trial began in one of our key end-user farm, Marula Estates Ltd located at Naivasha in Rift valley, a beef cattle ranch with about 5000 heads of cattle sitting on 33,000 acres of harsh savannah grassland.
It has been three weeks since the exercise began and so far so good. The farm is impressed with the efficacy and residual activity of Bimatix as the animals are tick-free and none has come down with any tick borne disease.