Farmers win thousands of pounds worth of prizes as Novartis teams up with top manufacturers in agriculture

  • Agricultural equipment worth thousands of pounds won
  • Novartis teams up with top manufacturers in agriculture
  • 62 Optiline drenchers and backpacks also won

Four farmers were the lucky winners of high-value prizes in a competition organised by Novartis Animal Health in association with some of the top names in agricultural equipment.

The “Win Win with Zolvix” competition had a great response from farmers throughout the country. Besides the four main prizes, there were Daily Draws where entrants had the opportunity to win Optiline drenchers and backpacks.

Cheshire shepherd Sam Bolton was the winner of a Graham Edwards trailer worth £5,000. Sam, who is studying agriculture at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire, looks after more than 200 sheep on his family’s land near to Macclesfield forest on the Derbyshire/Cheshire border.

A Suzuki Ozark quad bike worth £4,500 went to North Wales farmer David Williams, who farms 800 sheep with his wife Carol at Caerhun, near Bangor in North Wales.

Somerset farmer Margaret Lee was the lucky winner of a Richie Combi Clamp worth £2,900. Mrs Lee, who runs Leigh Hill Farm at Culmhead, near Taunton, Somerset, with her husband Stephen, said she had seen one the clamps in action at a demonstration last year, and had been very impressed.

Nine months use of a John Deere XUV Gator utility vehicle went to Dorset farmer Michael McSevney, who farms 2,000 acres at Bincombe, near Weymouth in Dorset, with arable land, 650 breeding ewes, 600 dairy cows and 250 head of beef.

The competition was promoted in Farmers Weekly, as well as on the Novartis Animal Health website.

James Crawford, Category Marketing Manager for Novartis Animal Health, said: “We had a tremendous response to this competition and were able to deliver some really useful and valuable prizes, while raising awareness of the benefits of Zolvix for the sheep industry in the UK.”

“Zolvix is a highly effective anthelmintic, and has a vital role to play in managing anthelmintic resistance and improving lamb performance. The advice from independent experts is to use Zolvix in ‘every flock, every year’, as part of a worm resistance management programme, in mid to late season for effective worming, as a quarantine dose and at other times as recommended by your prescriber,” he said.

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Novartis Animal Health researches, develops and commercialises leading animal treatments that meet the needs of pet owners, farmers and veterinarians. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland and present in nearly 40 countries, Novartis Animal Health employs approximately 2,900 people worldwide. For more information, please visit www.ah.novartis.com or in the UK & IE visit www.farmanimalhealth.co.uk

About Novartis

Novartis provides innovative healthcare solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and societies. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis offers a diversified portfolio to best meet these needs: innovative medicines, eye care, cost-saving generic pharmaceuticals, preventive vaccines and diagnostic tools, over-the-counter and animal health products. Novartis is the only global company with leading positions in these areas. In 2011, the Group’s continuing operations achieved net sales of USD 58.6 billion, while approximately USD 9.6 billion (USD 9.2 billion excluding impairment and amortisation charges) was invested in R&D throughout the Group. Novartis Group companies employ approximately 124,000 full-time-equivalent associates and operate in more than 140 countries around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.novartis.com.

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