Pig farming

Is PCV still causing problems in your pigs?

The Disease that Nearly Killed the UK Industry – and it’s probably still lurking in your pigs!! 

At the beginning of the 21st century the UK Pig industry was devastated by a virus so tiny that you could fit 100,000 of them onto the head of a pin; that virus was Porcine Circovirus (PCV). A decade ago a silver bullet saved the industry: PCV vaccination. However, PCV is still likely to be present on your farm, and it will still be affecting your pig’s health and performance: It can increase weaner, grower and finisher mortality, reduce growth rates, and it can affect numbers born alive and reared per sow. 

A good PCV vaccine, used properly, should prevent PCV disease, but it is good practice to review your vaccine choice and be aware of the possible signs of disease: Increase in mortality, dips in production and occurrence of “Wasting Pigs” (small, pale/yellow, hairy, unthrifty, scouring). 

So how can you prevent PCV problems? 

1. Choose a good PCV vaccine and review regularly 

2. Ensure your cold chain is reliable (delivery, fridge for storage etc.) 

3. Follow vaccine datasheet: appropriate temperature, time of vaccination, dose etc. 

4. Ensure vaccinating staff have a good technique - make sure EVERY pig is getting its FULL dose! 

Zoetis has two PCV vaccines: Suvaxyn PCV, a single dose PCV vaccine, and Suvaxyn® Circo+MH RTU, a combined vaccine protecting against PCV and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae in one shot. If you suspect PCV problems contact your Vet for further details. 

Suvaxyn. Circo+MH RTU Emulsion for Injection for Pigs contains inactivated recombinant chimeric porcine circovirus type 1 containing the porcine circovirus type 2 ORF2 protein and inactivated Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, strain P-5722-3. For active immunisation of pigs against porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae. POM-V. 

Suvaxyn PCV Suspension for Injection for Pigs contains inactivated recombinant Porcine Circovirus type 1 expressing the Porcine Circovirus type 2 ORF2 protein. For the active immunisation of pigs over the age of 3 weeks against Porcine Circovirus type 2 (PCV2) to reduce viral load in blood and lymphoid tissues, and the lesions in lymphoid tissues associated with PCV2 infection, as well as to reduce clinical signs – including loss of daily weight gain, and mortality associated with Post-Weaning Multisystemic Wasting Syndrome (PMWS). POM-V. 

For further information please see the product’s SPC or please contact your veterinary surgeon or Zoetis UK Limited, Walton Oaks, Dorking Road, Tadworth, Surrey KT20 7NS. www.zoetis.co.uk Customer Support: 0845 300 8034. Use medicines responsibly (www.noah.co.uk/responsible). Date of preparation: February 2017.

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