Legally deter starlings with Avianex Starling Repellent.
Starlings can cause major economic loss in livestock systems around the UK. Starlings feed selectively on maize grains, thereby reducing both the feed value of the ration and consequent milk output. There is also strong evidence that European starlings harbour E.coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter and can spread pathogens between farms.
According to research by AHDB Dairy, starling infestation has been shown to cost dairy farms up to £153 per day per 100 cows (£4,590/month) in feed losses, and health related issues.
Ingredients contained in Avianex will irritate the stomach of birds. They associate this ill feeling with the feed they have eaten and therefore will go elsewhere to find alternative feed sources. It releases volatile polysulphides into the atmosphere, which creates an odour that birds dislike.
Experience over the past three years has shown Avianex to be effective at deterring starlings at a feed rate of 25g/day, although for severe infestations the feed rate can be increased to 50g/day. Depending on the local conditions it takes between 7-21 days for Avianex to cause birds to alter their feeding pattern.
Avianex contains an extract of garlic, which carries a risk of milk taint at high levels. Ensure feed is mixed thoroughly and feed rates do not exceed 50g/cow/day.
Higher levels can be fed to non-lactating ruminants with no risk. It may be useful to make dummy batches of TMR with waste maize silage, which can be left near clamps, which includes Avianex to feed starlings for a short period.
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