ANALYSIS - The need for alternatives to antibiotics is growing, and AgriLabs is now working with producers and veterinarians to develop custom vaccine solutions that are critical to the long term health and efficiency of swine production.
Sean O'Hare, Executive VP of AgriLabs, speaks to ThePigSite's Sarah Mikesell at the 2016 World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
AgriLabs recently built a new facility in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, that will offer complete concept-to-commercialization services for vaccines used in swine.
"We're going to be developing vaccines for the swine industry and also other industries to address developing needs that the industry has for new products," said Sean O'Hare, Sean O'Hare, Executive Vice President at AgriLabs. "If you look at the past 5 to 10 years in the swine industry, there's been a lot of emerging diseases. We believe that's a space for our company to go into and provide solutions to producers and veterinarians."
AgriLabs is developing a sales force who will work with swine producers and veterinarians to identify current disease issues and design solutions that best fit the flow of each operation.
A personal relationship with both the producer and the veterinarian is needed to understand the operation's history - what techniques they've tried in the past, what's worked and what hasn't worked. This benchmark provides the basis to move forward and develop new solution to best fit each operation's needs.
"We'll have customized vaccines for individual producers and their flows - where they need it and when they need it; it will be fast and efficient," he said. "Vaccines will target both viral diseases like swine flu and also bacterial diseases like Mycoplasma."
AgriLabs will focus on swine vaccine development first but has plans to develop customized cattle and poultry vaccines in the future.