This procedure is entirely without stress for the animal. The design of the tube and system makes miss-location into the lungs very unlikely. Full instructions are supplied, training the user to confirm correct tube placement.
All Drench-Mate fittings are of brass, stainless steel, and other corrosion-resistant materials. Drench-Mate will withstand years of repeated use.
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The pump is stood into the bucket of drench - up to 40 litres. Each up-and-down cycle of the pump sends 600ml into the tubes. The pump is easily dismantled without tools, for cleaning or maintenance. The pump is 59cm tall overall, with a 52cm barrel diameter.
The syringe can be filled ready for use by mixing a 6:1 solution of water and remedy, plus a small amount of disinfectant to stabilize. In an emergency the needle is driven straight through the hide into the rumen, and the remedy injected. Stitching is not required, but the animal should be observed closely for some time.
NB: The 65cm pump is supplied with both a Xmas-tree and a quick-fit coupling. The quick-fit is compatible with our previous model Bovivet drench tube coupling, or any regular garden-type fitting.
The tubing assembly consists of 3.5m of 19mm o.d. polyurethane tube. Polyurethane has a very smooth surface for minimum irritation of the cow’s oesophagus. It also withstands all cleaning chemicals and is more rigid than PVC for better ease of entry. The rumen end of the tube has a fitting for attachment of one of the two supplied weighted end-caps. One cap is 30mm dia (for young stock) and one 40mm dia (for mature stock). At the top end the tube feeds through a strong plastic tubular gag which has a nose clamp and tie cord for securing firmly to the cow’s nose and jaws. At the top end of the tube is a quick-coupling to attach the Bovivet Rumen Drench Pump. The pump is 56cm long o.a. and delivers 650ml per cycle. It is easily dismantled without tools for maintenance.