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.
Laura graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2009; after her veterinary degree she went to the University of Nottingham to undertake a PhD specialising in enteric disease of the young pig. After being awarded her PhD Laura spent a very enjoyable three years in a specialist pig practice in the South West of England. She then took the leap into Industry and joined the Zoetis pig team in September 2016.
She decided on specialising in pigs before qualifying as a vet and has not looked back since; she is very passionate about welfare and the success of British Pig Farming!
In her free time Laura is also passionate about good food and wine, fortunately the eating and drinking is balanced out by the love of walking, trips to the gym and Sunday morning runs.