Abattoir Monitoring of pigs is essential for surveillnce of disease and to monitor subclinical signs of disease. Results must be correlated with other tools such as production records, post mortems on farm, clinical signs and observations on farm. This information can be used to revise vaccination, medication and production practices.
A detailed report (see left) is given on each slaughter check, with comparisons to previous checks. recomendations are then given based upon observations, pathology testing and on farm evaluation.
Unlike similar services offered by others, this service is performed by pig veterinarians who have an understanding of all the health and production issues relating to your specific farm and pigs.
Chris Richards & Associates have implemented successful eradication programs for Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, sarcoptic mange and Swine dysentry on both intensive and outdoor units ranging from 100 to 1300 sows.
We have also been involved in total depopulation programs for these pathogens and Actinobacillus pleuropneumonae.
We work closely with a number of contract growers to ensure available housing for grower pigs during the depopulation program.
Partial budgets can be prepared for producers contemplating an eradication program.
A production plan including re-stocking and gilt introductions, biosecurity and marketing strategies for depopulations also form part of the disease eradication services.
Maintaining a high health status is essential to ensure that a piggery is a financially sustainable long term enterprise. A biosecurity program in a piggery is essential to maintain this high health status.
Chris Richards & Associates have developed biosecurity systems for many producers. Areas examined include introduction of new stock, physical barriers, personal barriers, evaluation of the risk of various pathogens, auditing of the biosecurity system, and maintenace of the system.
We provide a number of Operating Procedures, Declarations and Pig, Transport, and People Logs to complement the program.
Dr Hugo Dunlop has been a leader in the development of biosecurity programs and has written a chapter in "Eradicating Diseases of Pigs" (PRDC, 2002) on Biosecurity.
APL Biosecurity Program
Approved Medication Lists
Approved medication List and Treatment Guides are essential to ensure appropriate use of medication and vaccination on the piggery. The AML describes in detail how to treat individual pigs and herd disease prevention and control programs.
The Approved Drug List is an essential requirement of the Australian Pig Industry Quality Program.
Your AML can be provided in a format that has products approved for use for a specific disease, or in a format that lists the diseases which can be treated with a specific product.
AML - Product List Example
AML - Traditional Format Example