Long-duration implants offer a flexible, labor-savings solution


Managing a feedlot requires innovative responses to time-consuming — and costly — demands. Beef producers must explore anything that could solve two or three problems at once, which is why it’s important to understand the labor savings and operational flexibility that come with using a long-duration implant.

First, a long-duration implant offers significant potential for increased weight gain and improved average daily gain. However, without the need to reimplant it also creates three additional benefits for an operation:

  • More available time in the day
  • Increased labor efficiency
  • Lower risk of injury

Consider how to create new opportunities when using a long-duration implant such as 200-day Synovex® One Feedlot.

More available time in the day. 

There’s never a shortage of work to do on a cattle operation. And, Mother Nature likes to throw unexpected curveballs. Be ready for the unexpected and take back some time in the day with the operational flexibility a long-duration implant offers.

Increased labor efficiency. 

Labor demands can create pain points to deal with — high turnover, unreliability, inability to find help and the expense of training new employees. Now, imagine the extra time and resources available to you by using a long-duration implant with 200 days of uninterrupted performance.

Lower risk of injury. 

Handling livestock is one of the major sources of employee injury in the industry. A producer can lower that risk, however, with a long-duration implant. Lighter-weight cattle implanted on arrival at the feedlot can be handled more safely than a 1,000-pound animal coming through the chute later in the feeding cycle. Handling cattle less frequently means fewer opportunities for employees to get injured.

“Two long-term implants from Zoetis — Synovex One Feedlot and Synovex One Grass — provide a unique flexibility benefit,” said Gary Sides, cattle nutritionist, Cattle Strategic Technical Services, Zoetis. “They are the only 200-day trenbolone acetate and estradiol implants labeled for use in both steers and heifers, which delivers additional labor savings and operational flexibility by allowing a producer to use one applicator and implant for all cattle.”

Of course, additional weight gain is part of all these considerations, too. Steers implanted with Synovex One Feedlot saw a 15.4% improvement in average daily gain (ADG) and a 9.8% improvement in feed efficiency when compared with nonimplanted feeder cattle, and heifers demonstrated a 12% increase in ADG and a 7% improvement in feed efficiency.

Do not use SYNOVEX products in veal calves. Refer to label for complete directions for use, precautions, and warnings.