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New Programme for Early Identification of Sick Pigs

by 5m Editor
18 May 2011, at 9:52am

CANADA – Pigs respond better to treatment when they are treated earlier, and a new programme from Pfizer provides training and tools to Canadian swine producers for identifying sick pigs.

The ABC Pig training programme – offered exclusively through veterinarians – provides a simple system to identify and quantify pigs in acute, subacute and chronic stages of disease.

Pfizer Animal Health works with Canadian swine veterinarians to deliver the ABC Pig training programme to producers across Canada. The workshop focuses on learning to identify pigs based on the classification as an A pig, B pig or C pig, and understand how well each type responds to treatment.

A 30-minute training video provides the basics, and producers then practice the ABC concept and receive on-farm tools to put the program to work on their operation.

“When we teach producers to identify sick pigs earlier – as an A pig that is just showing disease symptoms – the treatment choices are much more likely to lead to better responses,” says Walter Heuser, DVM, Swine Business Unit Director for Pfizer Animal Health.

“Timely treatment makes better use of producers’ time and money, and works to keep productive, healthier animals in the herd.”

The ABC Pig training programme delivers a framework and system for identifying sick pigs, and is a practical element of a larger Pfizer initiative called Individual Pig Care – where the concept of assessing and treating each pig individually to ensure they have the right treatment at the right time was established in the Walking the Pens seminars.

ABC Pig training is available through your Pfizer representative and herd veterinarian.

Pfizer Animal Health Canada, headquartered in Kirkland, Quebec, is a subsidiary of Pfizer Inc., a research-based global health care company. Pfizer Animal Health Canada is committed to enhancing the health and wellness of animals and the productivity of livestock by delivering innovative quality products to the veterinary profession and to producers. The company’s products for livestock and companion animals include antibiotics, vaccines, feed supplements, and other veterinary items. www.PfizerAH.com