Advantages and Disadvantages of Plunge Dips

Advantages of Plunge Dips

  • The total immersion of the cattle means that the acaricide will reach to all body parts-inside the ears, the udder, beneath the tail
  • Very effective to host parasites like mange mites, ticks and lice

Disadvantages of Plunge Dips

  • They are expensive to construct and to maintain
  • They are less effective against flying parasites such as tsetse flies, mosquitoes, face flies and other flies and these flies will not obviously be immersed with the host
  • Protection against these flying insects depends on the residual effect of the acaricide which usually does not go beyond one week against most of these flies

Running a Plunge Dip

  • Correctly operating and running a plunge dip requires discipline and training
  • Otherwise its efficiency may be insufficient and animals maybe at risk

Care For The Safety Of The Livestock

  • To minimise the health risks it is important that livestock can rest and drink before dipping.
  • If animals are thirsty they may drink the dip wash which has a toxic effect
  • Plunge dipping can be exhausting and stressful to animals especially if they are not used to it. Use Vitamin supplement
  • Pregnant, young, sick or old animals may not be dipped at all but can be sprayed or treated with alternative products

Farm Distributors has all the acaricides for your cattle- Contra tick dip, Tikguard Dip, Triatix dip, Tick buster, Sentinel and all these can be used in your plunge dips

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