Update on Enteric Disease Control"
As many of you know, the Food and Drug Administration made an announcement on April 8, 2016 that it plans to take initial steps to rescind its approval of carbadox, the active ingredient in Mecadox® due to potential safety concerns. This product has been produced and sold in the U.S. for more than 40 years and is still commonly used for the control of enteric pathogens. Philbro Animal Health, the company that markets Mecadox® has announced that it will dispute the FDA on the issue.
Ileitis Vaccine Options
Boehringer Ingelheim has been marketing Enterisol® Ileitis for many years and it has been an effective tool to prevent ileitis outbreaks. Since it is an oral vaccine administered through the water you can avoid additional injections. The downside is that feed and water antibiotics need to be removed for approximately 2 weeks... which can be a problem in som flows of pigs with health challenges. Merck's Porcilis™ was released this winter. It is an injectable product (2cc dose) which provides another option for ileitis protection without having to remove antibiotics. The first pigs to have received this product are approaching market weight at this time and look good so far. Stay tuned!
Be Ready for Summer
Hot summer weather can catch everyone by surprise, especially if you're busy with spring fieldwork. Remember to check ventilation systems to make sure they are ready for the challenge. We know that cooling systems will improve performance in both the breeding herd and in finishing barns. Dr. Jeff Feder provides some summertime checklist to-dos to help you get for the heat.
Erysipelas, often reerred to as "Diamond Skin Disease" is primarily a hot weather disease. We get nervous when we are seeing it already in the winter and spring! It is more common to see chronic Erysipelas (causing lameness) than the classic presentation of skin lesions and sudden deads that people typically associate with this bacterial disease. See our newsletter to find out what the SVC vets are recommending for erysipelas control.