Peter McNab has been a regular user of Vet LSD since it was first developed in its powder form over 10 years ago. On recommendation from Clutha Vets, he decided to try Vet LSD to address the low iodine and selenium levels, common on farms in the area.

“Since it was put into a liquid it became far easier to use, and we now use it regularly, every ewe will get a drench with it pre-lambing, and we will occasionally use it at other times.”

Being in a marginal area for iodine and selenium levels, Peter views Vet LSD as an insurance treatment to help boost ewe health heading into lambing.

“I put the Vet LSD down as one of several things we did some years ago to improve performance, and that mix has led to a significant improvement in lambing percentages.”

“When lambs are worth what they are now, you do not need to save too many to pay for the treatment.”

Occasionally Peter will also administer Vet LSD to hoggets he sees that are off colour, particularly after a period of prolonged dull weather.

“It could be any one of the elements in Vet LSD that make a difference, either the selenium, iodine or Vitamin E, but whichever one it is, we do notice them pick up.”

Viral pneumonia can be a problem in Otago over winter, and a dose of Vet LSD appears to help reduce its incidence in the flock.

Typically Peter will administer it on its own, but has mixed it with drench to administer it to hoggets on occasion.

“Vet LSD is not all that expensive, and you do not have to gain much to make it well and truly worthwhile using.”

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