Routine herd visits are essential for surveillence of diseases. Prevention of diseases forms the majority of the programs that are implemented and discussed during a visit.
Herd health visits complement other services such as slaughter checks, where subclinical and clinical observations can be correlated.
During visits, a revision is made of the vaccination and medication programs, pig husbandry and welfare, as well as evaluation of production performance. Systems are reviewed or implemented to prevent or manage disease issues to reduce cost of production and to assist in optimising production.
Staff training is an important part of a visit and can be implemented in all areas of pig health and production. APL training packages such as ProHand and APIQ Program can also be performed.
Herd Health Visits for an important part of the Partnership Program.