Million Piglets Vaccinated for PCV2

UK - More than a million piglets have been vaccinated as part of a BPEX research project into PCV2 in the UK.
calendar icon 31 July 2008
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The £1.5million vaccine voucher scheme was launched in April and the take-up has been nothing short of phenomenal said BPEX Director of Pig Industry Development Mark Wilson.

The way things are going, there should be enough money to see the scheme through to the end of the calendar year.

Mark said: "If it carries on the way it has been so far, it means by the end of the year approximately five million pigs will have been vaccinated.

"It does look as though the project is already having the desired effect as anecdotal evidence is saying pigs are finishing two weeks faster and producers are getting the equivalent of one extra pig sold per litter.

"Disease has been a major issue for the British pig industry and strenuous efforts have been made across the board to improve it.

"The pharmaceutical companies responsible for producing the vaccines have also been extremely supportive.

"Preliminary results of the study will be announced on 14 November, the second day of the PVS conference."

Further Reading

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