A Guide to Cydectin DewormersEvery producer needs confidence in their dewormer, and that’s exactly what you gain with Cydectin products. Cydectin is the industry’s #1 selling pour-on deworming brand, so let’s find out why. With fall deworming efforts underway and so many dewormers on the market, it’s helpful to see why Cydectin stands out. Check out the key differences and learn more about the three Cydectin options PBS Animal Health offers to you.
Parasites and Production ProblemsDewormers help control parasites so producers can avoid milk production and reproductive performance problems, disease susceptibility, and other challenges that eat away at profits. Cydectin manufacturer Elanco says without dewormers, cow-calf producers would sacrifice an estimated $165 per head (or more) in lost returns. In terms of the entire beef production system, eliminating dewormers would impact break-even prices at $190 per head.
Treatment is definitely a management priority, but so is identifying the appropriate product for each herd. There is a possibility of resistance that can develop over time, so talk to your veterinarian about how fecal sampling (egg count reduction tests) might help. Sampling can determine specific worm populations to treat, too.
Cydectin Controls Parasites in Cattle
Cydectin works to fight an army of parasites in cattle, with slight variations based on application method:
- Injectable: gastrointestinal roundworms, lungworms, cattle grubs, mites and sucking lice
- Pour-On: same as the injectable PLUS biting lice and horn flies
Is Cydectin the Same as Ivermectin?No, Cydectin and Ivermectin are definitely not the same. Ivermectin is the active ingredient in several dewormer products for cattle, swine and other animals. Cydectin products contain an active ingredient called moxidectin, which is part of the milbemycin chemical group. Its unique molecular structure allows for wide distribution in the animal’s fat deposits and enables extended parasite death plus protection against reinfection.
In our cattle dewormer comparison chart, you’ll notice some key differences with Cydectin and other injectables where Ivermectin is the sole active ingredient. The Cydectin slaughter withdrawal is almost always shorter at 21 vs. 35 days. Also, you can’t use Ivermectin Pour-On for lactating dairy like you can with Cydectin Pour-On.
Cydectin Doesn’t Harm Dung BeetlesStudies show Cydectin’s cattle pour-on works on brown stomach worms for 28 days and lungworms for 42 days. But it’s the indirect benefits of Cydectin that help your operation in ways you may not have realized were possible. Unlike other dewormers, Cydectin is not harmful to dung beetles (or earthworms). Dung beetles actually provide an estimated $380 million in economic benefits each year here in the U.S.!
Preserving these creatures can benefit your pasture because they:
- Bury up to 90% of manure on the pasture in one week
- Increase forage availability
- Reduce up to 90% of parasite larvae and up to 95% of horn fly larvae
- Create tunnels that improve water retention, root penetration and aeration
How Do You Use Cydectin?Use Cydectin in your herd to treat infections and/or infestations from internal and external parasites. PBS Animal Health offers Cydectin for cattle in an injectable or pour-on application, and we also stock the oral sheep drench.
When you choose Cydectin treatments – no matter which application you use – be sure to follow current product label directions to ensure an effective and safe experience. Consult a veterinarian for identifying specific parasites and creating a strategic control program.