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PULMOTIL®: Improving nursery pig flow - By Elanco Animal Health - Study shows by controlling <i>Pasteurella multocida</i>, Pulmotil improves nursery pig flow
PULMOTIL: Improving nursery pig flow

Study shows by controlling Pasteurella multocida, Pulmotil improves nursery pig flow.
About the trial
  • 24 seeder pigs with high natural
        prevalence of B. bronchiseptica and
        Pm types A and D.
  • 72 recipient pigs tested Pm negative.
  • Test pigs divided into three treatment
         - Unexposed, non-medicated
         - Exposed, Pulmotil-treated
         - Exposed, non-medicated
  • Each group housed in three pens,
        eight pigs/pen.
  • Isolated treatment rooms included pens
        that allowed nose-to-nose contact
        between test pigs and diseased seeder
  • Trial day  Day 0 Day 21 Day 42
    Pig Age   21 days 42 days 63 days
  • The exposed, medicated group received
        Pulmotil at 400 g/ton (for 21-day
  • Donor pigs were removed from the
        exposed medicated and non-medicated
        groups at 21 days.
  • A serious problem

    Atrophic rhinitis (AR), a swine respiratory disease caused by Pasteurella multocida (Pm), damages or destroys the air-filtering turbinates in a pig's snout. AR is a global economic concern because it reduces daily gain up to 13%, resulting in poor growth that can impact pig flow. Respiratory disease also increases the risk of secondary infection. This article looks at how Pulmotil® can be used to control these problems.

    Study results

    • Due to controlling Atrophic rhinitis caused by Pasteurella multocida, Pulmotil-treated nursery pigs performed better than non-medicated pigs.
    • Compared to untreated pigs, Pulmotil-treated pigs received significantly better clinical scores for Pm nasal swabs, snout evaluation, pneumonia and pleuritis, which resulted in:
      Better average daily feed intake
      Better average daily gain
      Heavier pigs: 2.47kg heavier after 42 days

    PULMOTIL: Improving nursery pig flow

    Presence of Pasteurella multocida
    Different letters for each category indicate statistically significant differences (p<0.05).

    Nasal swab cultures at Day 42 showed significantly decreased presence of P. multocida in Pulmotil-treated pigs than in exposed, non-medicated pigs.

    Necropsy results and snout evaluation (42 days)
    Different letters for each category indicate statistically significant differences (p<0.05).
    *Statistical significance is p<0.06.

    The Pulmotil-treated group scored significantly better for pneumonia, pleuritis and visual snout evaluation (atrophy and deviation caused by AR) than the exposed, non-medicated group.

    Average weight
    Different letters for each category indicate statistically significant differences (p<0.05).
    *Statistical signifigance is (p<0.06).

    As a result of controlling AR caused by Pm, Pulmotil-treated pigs averaged 5.45 lbs. heavier than non-medicated exposed pigs at Day 42.

    Average daily feed intake
    Different letters for each category indicate statistically significant differences (p<0.05).

    With respiratory disease under control, Pulmotil-treated pigs showed better feed intake than exposed, non-medicated pigs.

    Average daily gain
    Different letters for each category indicate statistically significant differences (p<0.05).

    In the presence of respiratory pathogens, Pulmotil-treated pigs showed better daily gains than exposed, non-medicated pigs.

    Healthy growth through the nursery

    As a result of controlling Pm in the nursery, Pulmotil helps flow healthier, heavier pigs-13% heavier on average-to the finisher facility.

    This 13% performance advantage in the nursery can provide measurable economic benefits:
    • Healthier, heavier pigs from the nursery can more efficiently reach targeted market weight.
    • Healthier, heavier grow/finish pigs can reach market weight sooner, so you can:
      -  Send more pigs to market each year
      -  Achieve more turns in each building
      -  Spread fixed costs over more pounds of pork produced
    By controlling Pm....
    Pulmotil improves nursery gains and pig flow
    Different letters for each category indicate statistically significant differences (p<0.06).

    After 42 days, Pulmotil-treated pigs averaged 2.47kg heavier than exposed, non-medicated pigs.

    How to use Pulmotil

    200 - 400 PPM
    For the control of swine respiratory disease associated with Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae and Pasteurella multocida.

    To control swine respiratory disease,
    use Pulmotil early for healthy bottom-line performance.

    PULMOTIL: Improving nursery pig flow

    1 G. Christensen, V. Sorensen, J. Mousing, Diseases of Swine, 8th edition, 1999.
    2 M.F. de Jong, “Progressive and nonprogressive atrophic rhinitis,” Diseases of Swine, 8th edition, 1999.
    3 J. Deen, “What is the effect of respiratory disease on productivity?” NC Healthy Hogs Seminar, 1996.

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