New age of livestock medication arrives
World-first technology has arrived in the south-west that is revolutionising the way farmers
administer and record drugs given to their livestock.
The system sees an end to unreliable, inaccurate injector guns and replaces them with an
automatic, traceable, tamper-proof applicator that prevents underdosing and overdosing.
The Vet Group managing director Matt Makin said the automed automatic livestock
medication system used NLIS to trace products administered to individual animals.
“We’re really excited to bring the automed system to the region. It allows producers to
administer accurate vaccinations, reproductive hormones and weight-based minerals and
drench programs across their herd in a much more sophisticated way,” he said.
“The easy-to-use automed applicator weighs 400 grams and records vital data about the
medication administered to animals, which farmers can then read on their computers and
The product received three gongs at the iAwards, which is Australia’s premium competition
recognising ICT innovation.
Dr Makin, a past national president of the Australian Veterinary Association, said in an age
of increasing compliance, data collection for dairy farmers was more important than ever.
“Prudent use of prescription medications is coming under the spotlight and the industry
needs to be much more sophisticated about dosing animals with these important
medications,” he said.
“In particular, producers need solutions to assist with their compliance and quality
“No longer do farmers have to struggle with traditional injector gun systems that are prone
to inaccuracy, breakdown and have no recording capabilities.”
Dr Makin said The Vet Group would work closely with the product’s developers over the
coming months to introduce integrations with other software platforms commonly used on
local dairy farms.
He said the system was suitable for injectable, pour-on and oral medications and was
available for rent or purchase through The Vet Group.
For further information please contact Matt Makin at The Vet Group on 03 5558 6666 or
David Edwards at automed on 02 6100 3016.