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Apiam Data Pig First Responder in Biosecurity Battle

28 June 2021, at 12:30am

Data Pig®, a novel electronic recording system developed by Apiam Animal Health, will be at the forefront of protecting Australia’s $5 billion pork industry from potential decimation caused by dreaded incursions of exotic diseases such as African Swine Fever and Foot and Mouth Disease.

Apiam’s team of swine veterinarians have spent four years and more than $1 million developing the technology and user-friendly delivery platform, which is being rolled out nationally.

Managing Director and veterinarian Chris Richards said Data Pig will enhance the Australian pig industry’s disease surveillance capabilities by allowing real time monitoring of clinical signs of disease, treatment events and mortalities.

“The success of eradicating diseases such as African Swine Fever, Foot and Mouth Disease and the likes of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, if they were to land here, is intimately linked to the time lag from incursion to detection and then to identification.” Dr Richards said.

“A proven and tested resource such as Data Pig, which works on-farm, hand in hand with producers backed up by their veterinarians, will initially be the canary in the coalmine and then first responder.”