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Ceva Animal Health has launched Velactis, an injectable solution containing the active ingredient cabergoline, for use as an aid in the abrupt drying-off of dairy cows.
Cabergoline is a potent dopamine receptor agonist which inhibits D2 receptors on the surface of lactotroph cells in the hypothalamus and suppresses the production of prolactin in the pituitary gland. As a result, Ceva says, the mammary gland cells are no longer stimulated, decreasing milk production.
The company reports …