In a first for Australian farmers, Jurox Animal Health has launched a non-antibiotic dry cow intra-mammary teat sealant.
U-Seal was developed in Australia by the Jurox team, in collaboration with Australian dairy farmers, who have, until recently, been unable to source a teat sealant owned and made locally.
Jurox head of regulatory affairs, Sharon Duguid, said confidence in the product was critical, so providing a product that was developed and extensively trialled in Australian conditions gave the dairy farmer assurance that it will perform to their expectations.
Feedback from Australian dairy farmers required Jurox head of chemistry, Campbell Scott, and his team, to focus on the formulation and usability of U-Seal.
"To ensure that the product stays in place and creates the best barrier during the dry off, we needed U-Seal, to have suitable viscosity, while also allowing it to flow out easily and steadily”
The syringe was also designed in collaboration with farmers.
"Our work resulted in our unique U-Seal Easy Flow syringe that includes a larger plunger end, with a short plunger travel, minimising air in the barrel, helping to avoid air being blown into the teat," Mr Scott said.
Jurox head of sales and marketing, Joe Bown said having the product manufactured locally allowed for supply at dry-off time with the flexibility and adaptability to respond quickly to changes in market dynamics.
U-Seal is made at Rutherford in the NSW Hunter Valley.