For Immediate Release
July 28, 2008
CONTACT: Steve Merritt
Public Information Officer
Montana Department of Livestock
Python ear tag approved in Montana
Just in time for the midge and biting gnat season, the PYthon ear tag has been approved for use on sheep in Montana.
According to the label approved by the Montana Department of Agriculture, effective July 24, the ear tags can be used as follows:
- Apply one tag per sheep;
- Do not treat sheep less than 3 months of age;
- Follow all directions, restriction and precautions on the EPA-registered label;
- The label must be in the possession of the user at the time of application.
"This is good news for sheep producers," said state veterinarian Dr. Marty Zaluski. "Reports indicate that the ear tags are good repellents, and this will give producers another tool to help prevent bluetongue."
The only other insecticide currently registered for use in Montana is Permectrin CDS, which is labeled as a pour-on for sheep. Studies have indicated that the product is more effective as a belly spray, , however, and labeling for that use is currently being evaluated.
Not yet on the market is Permectrin WS, which Montana and Wyoming are currently evaluating for sheep ked control. If effective, the product may be available for use on sheep early next year.