Study reveals Europe’s SRD disease prevention habits
Broad approach to controlling swine respiratory disease emerges from pig producer survey
The majority of European pig producers vaccinate against Mycoplasma and Circovirus, according to the results of a study comprising phone interviews with 617 pig producers in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.
The research, conducted by IPSOS Forward on behalf of Pfizer Animal Health earlier this year, was carried out among farm owners/managers or live production managers, who had vaccinated their herds against Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae and/or Cicovirus in the last 12 months.
The majority of those interviewed vaccinated against both diseases, and have added Circovirus to their vaccination schedule, rather than adopting it as a replacement for M hyo. Preventing M hyo remains a top priority for producers, with 67% of respondents vaccinating for the disease, and no significant decrease in M hyo vaccination expected in the near future.
The survey also found that, three-quarters of producers used anti-infectives for respiratory disease, specifically for outbreaks, but in some cases for prevention.