Together with Zoetis, PigCHAMP Pro Europe has participated in a study to evaluate the efficacy on productive parameters and animal health with “Individual Pig Care” (IPC) program, developed by Zoetis. The program is based on enhancing the direct observation of the pigs in the nursery-growing phase, to allow early detection of health problems and therefore have the necessary information to effect a rapid response to them. The study was conducted on a commercial farrow-to-finish farm in Segovia, Spain in which 368 piglets were selected and distributed in four nursery rooms and 24 pens.
The implications of this study are two. First, under the same conditions employed in the study (farms with a medium-low sanitary level) it has been observed that knowledge of IPC allows the caregiver to identify and treat diseased pigs at an early stage, which contributes to a higher growth and productivity performance during weaning. Moreover, a more focused individual treatment of sick animals, instead of applying a massive drug use may result in less use of antibiotics in general.
The findings of this study have been published in a scientific paper (Pineiro C, Morales J, Dereu A, et al. Individual Pig Care program improves productive performance and animal health in nursery-growing pigs. J Swine Health Prod. 2014;22(6): 296–299).