Decatix® 3

A cattle, sheep and goat dip as well as a cattle and ostrich spray.


Reg. No. G1348 (Act 36/1947)
Namibia Reg. No. V07/18.3.3/53 NS0

Decatix® 3 is a cattle, sheep and goat dip as well as a cattle and ostrich spray.
It is indicated for the following:

  • Controls ticks.
  • Kills cattle lice.
  • Controls African face flies.
  • Controls other nuisance and biting flies on cattle, e.g. stable flies, house flies, cattle louse flies, black flies and horn flies.
  • Controls screw-worm infestations.
  • Kills sheep scab mites.
  • Kills sheep and goat lice.
  • Kills sheep keds.
  • Kills ostrich feather lice.

Deltamethrin 2,5 % m/v.


  • Keep container in a cool well ventilated area.
  • Store away from food and feed.
  • Tightly reseal the container if all the contents have not been used.


  • Withdrawal period: None.
  • Poisonous by swallowing and inhalation.
  • Toxic to bees, other insects and fish.
  • Store concentrate in a safe place, away from food and feed.
  • Avoid skin contact with concentrate or dip wash, which may cause irritation. In case of accidental skin contamination, wash skin immediately thoroughly with soap and hot water.
  • Remove and wash contaminated clothing.
  • Avoid breathing spray mist.
  • In case of poisoning call a doctor and make this information available.
  • Although this remedy has been extensively tested under a large variety of conditions, failure thereof may ensue as a result of a wide range of reasons. If this is suspected, seek veterinary advice and notify the registration holder.


  • Wash hands thoroughly before eating, drinking or smoking.
  • Prevent contamination of food, utensils, drinking water, rivers, dams, grazing, etc.
  • Dispose of empty containers according to local waste disposal regulations and do not reuse for any other purpose.
  • Clean applicator, receptacles, etc. thoroughly before reusing for other materials.


  • Premix concentrate by adding equal volumes of water to the required amount of concentrate, stirring all the time. Then add this to approximately 25 ℓ of water, stirring all the time. Add this to the main bulk of water in the dip tank or spray race sump and stir to complete dispersion.
  • The first 25 head of cattle dipped in a dip tank should be redipped immediately before the rest of the herd.
  • Check efficiency of spray race before spraying cattle.
  • When hand spraying, ensure thorough wetting of animals using 10 ℓ to 15 ℓ per adult animal. Spray against the lie of the hair.

Cattle and ostriches – Spraying

  • Dilute at a rate of 1 ℓ concentrate per 500 ℓ water (i.e. 100 mℓ/50 ℓ water).
  • No boosting of spray wash is necessary.
  • Spray birds until run-off. 

Note: It is good husbandry to make only sufficient spray wash for each treatment session (i.e. 2,5 ℓ per head, plus sufficient spray wash to fill system) and to clean spray race systems after use by discarding remaining fouled wash.

Cattle – Dip tanks

  • Filling: Use 1,5 ℓ Decatix® 3 to 1 000 ℓ of water (average dip tank of 15 000 ℓ requires 22,5 ℓ concentrate to fill).
  • Replenishment: Use 1 ℓ Decatix® 3 to 555 ℓ of replenishment water or the “head count” system.

Head count” replenishment system: Using the Decatix® 3 “head count” replenishment jug, measure dip concentrate for replenishment in numbers of head dipped at the last dipping. Water may be replaced as and when necessary. DO NOT ADD CONCENTRATE during replenishment with water.
Note: 1 ℓ of Decatix® 3 will replenish sufficient dip wash to dip 222 cattle (450 mℓ/100 cattle).

Sheep and goats – Dip tanks

  • Filling: If the dip tank was used for cattle dipping at the correct concentration, add 1 ℓ concentrate for every 1 000 ℓ of dip in the tank. When a dip tank has previously been in use for cattle, the wash should be agitated by the passage of at least 25 head of cattle before commencing the dipping of sheep.
  • If a fresh tank is being made up for sheep use 2 050 mℓ of concentrate for every 1 000 ℓ of water.
  • In the event of an outbreak of sheep scab, sheep MUST be dipped twice at statutory 8 to 10 day intervals under Government supervision.
  • Replenishment:

Wooled sheep – Before each dipping session, replenish the dip wash using 450 mℓ for every 80 sheep dipped at previous sessions, irrespective of the size of the sheep. Water may be added as and when necessary. DO NOT ADD CONCENTRATE during replenishment with water.
Non-wooled sheep and goats – As for wooled sheep, but add 450 mℓ for every 240 sheep or goats dipped at previous sessions.
Note: After dipping wooled sheep, a small number of animals may show slight discomfort or unusual gait, but these effects are short lived. Cattle can be dipped normally using the “head count” system after sheep have been dipped as above.


  • Intensive control of ticks and flies: When used as directed at weekly intervals it will provide intensive control of ticks and flies. All animals should be treated and interruption of the programme should be avoided.

Extended treatment intervals: Under circumstances of low tick or fly challenge it may be used, at the user’s discretion, at intervals greater than 7 days. In these circumstances, users are advised to make use of relevant vaccines to obtain optimal protection of their animals against prevalent tick-borne diseases.

  • Lice: When used as directed, it kills lice. One dipping is sufficient but annual preventative dipping is recommended.
  • Post dipping lameness: If dip wash stands over for more than 24 hours, zinc sulphate (ZnSO4) should be added at a rate of 1:1 000 (1 kg per 1 000 ℓ dip wash) to prevent post-dipping lameness.   This procedure is to be repeated at the end of each day’s dipping.  Although this condition is very rarely encountered in cattle tanks, it may occur.

Cooper Veterinary Products (Pty) Ltd.
20 Spartan Road
1619, RSA
Tel: +27 (0) 11 923 9300
Fax: +27 (0) 11 392 3158