Sedation for Shearing
With an increase in the average ram size and stricter OH&S requirements, many shearing contractors require rams to be sedated prior to shearing. The most commonly used sedative, acepromazine (“ace”) is a schedule 4 drug, meaning that it can only be legally prescribed by a veterinarian and they in turn can only prescribe it to current clients. For many sheep producers, access to veterinarians may be limited and therefore legally obtaining sedation can be difficult. Mick Thomas, of Thomas Shearing Pty Ltd in Albany, is authorised by the Veterinary Surgeons’ Board of Western Australia, to administer sedation for shearing (registration #AP168). Mick’s clients therefore do not need to worry about obtaining sedation prior to shearing.
Mick Thomas: 0428 423 992