Interchem has a strong range of diagnostic services available and this range has grown since the acquisition of IDT in January 2020.
Diagnostic tools are vital in preventative medicine, making it possible to get fast, accurate information about the health status of your herd. Please contact your vet for further information.
Interchem’s diagnostic services are as follows;
• Flu diagnostics (sow and piglet). What strain of flu are your pigs/ sows positive for? It may be more than one.
• Using the correct vaccine for the strain you are positive for will mean quicker results in terms of pig performance and will make it easier for your vet to prescribe a vaccine
• Actinobacillus Pleuropneumoniae (APP) diagnostics (piglet): Piglets are blood tested at varying ages. This will tell us when maternal anti bodies are no longer protecting your piglets, and therefore when the correct age to vaccinate is
• Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae (MHyo) diagnostics: Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae can be diag nosed through our CLP programme
• Salmonella diagnostics: If you would like to find out where the highest challenge of Salmonella is on your farm, Interchem’s diagnostics can help
• Oedema Disease diagnostics: Faecal samples and/or intestinal samples are taken to determine whether or not your pigs are positive for Shigatoxin and are suffering from oedema disease
• Anaemia/iron deficiency: As discussed in the Iron Deficiency Anaemia piece, Lisa is available as part of Interchem’s haemoglobin testing service
For more information on any of the above, contact your vet.
One shot vaccine administered at 3 weeks of age. Single injection providing early and long-lasting protection. Broad stimutlation of the immune system with Imuvant™.
A lung score can be carried out in the factory prior to starting the vaccination programme and every 6 months thereafter to monitor pig performance. Progress and comparison reports throughout the vaccination programme are available from your vet or a member of Interchem’s Swine Team.
Synchronised production flow is the golden key for unlocking your pig unit performance. There are two approaches to production flow management.
1) Why we would want to have a synchronised production flow? What would it mean on our farm, if we are able to control the production flow and increase pig performance?
2) When and how do we do it? Are the staff on the farm able to follow the rules and develop systems that create consistency?
A consistent flow of gilts and sows to the farrowing house gives the best utilisation of production facilities. It is not possible to compensate for a lack of gilts/sows in one batch by loading more sows in the next batch. While a farm may reach the average targeted services and average targeted farrowings, there may well be a huge weekly variation. This leads to holding back sows which need culling, sows from different weeks in the same farrowing house and sows being weaned either too early or too late.
Appropriate gilt management is important for breeding efficiency and an increasing number of Irish pig herds are now synchronising their gilts. Synchronisation of oestrus in gilts in weekly managed systems improves the flow of breeding animals within different parts of the breeding unit. Planned number of gilts in heat for each particular batch allows having the right number of gilts at the appropriate age served every week which enables reduction of a gilt pool. Lower average age results in decreased cost per gilt in terms of housing and feeding expenses on
Gilts are a massively important part of any pig farm and the management of these gilts is essential to ensure we get the most from them while being as efficient as we can. For example, many Irish pig farms have a larger pool of gilts than they need and when translated into money, this is where producers can make a saving.
Interchem’s Technical Specialist, Lisa Hopkins, is available to discuss how we can help you become more efficient when selecting and breeding your gilts – the future of your herd. Lisa will set your farm up on Repronomics and demonstrate how to get the best value and information from the tool.
Figure 1: Gilt service spread
Figure 1 shows how an Irish herd who are synchronising gilts were able to reduce their gilt
service spread from 7 days a week to a 2-3 day window thus allowing the staff to service gilts
on the same day as weaned sows and subsequently farrow on the same days.
Synchronising production flow leads to; consistent and synchronised farrowing; significant cost saving from reduced and optimised feed consumption; increased sow lifetime performance and increased piglet quality at weaning.
In conjunction with your veterinary practitioner, additional support services can help pig producers in the development and management of production plans and production flow alignment solutions. A range of free technical services are available that are focused on providing high quality bespoke management tools for your specific production profile. A long term approach is taken that makes sure you are continually updated with key best practice developments, enabling you to truly benefit from implementing controlled and consistent gilt synchronisation.
Repronomics is a farm management tool that focuses on how the reproductive performance of your sows and gilts effects the overall performance and ‘flow’ of your farm. An economic value and an efficiency percentage is calculated for your farm and this will highlight areas that require improvement, for example, farrowing rate, replacement gilts required, stocking densities etc. This tool is available, free, to producers on a gilt synchronisation programme with Interchem.
Piglets are born with limited iron reserves and require supplementation of iron for the prevention of anaemia and to build their immune system (1). Iron supplementation is performed routinely on commercial farms, however iron status of piglets is rarely evaluated.
Iron deficiency anaemia in the piglet can be manifested in one of two ways - clinical or sub-clinical anaemia.
Clinical anaemia is the more severe form and is characterised by a reduction in growth rate, lethargy and pale skin.
While the signs of clinical anaemia are easily recognised, sub-clinical anaemia may not be recognised at all. The producer may not realise their pigs are growing below optimum rates or see the negative effects that sub-clinical anaemia is having on feed conversion rates. In addition, they may not realise that their pigs have a much lower resistance to disease.
To be effective, the iron must be available for complete absorption within the body. If the iron is not completely absorbed, it is not available for utilisation. It is important to note that not all iron compositions are the same. Gleptosil contains gleptoferron. Over 95% of the injected gleptoferron within Gleptosil is absorbed within 24 hours, ensuring very high utilisation of the dose by the piglet with no staining at the injection site (2)
In summary, piglets require sufficient, high quality iron, not only to prevent iron deficiency anaemia, but to achieve their full growth potential by having a strong immune system.
Haemoglobin testing is a quick way of finding out if you have anaemic or iron deficient piglets in your herd. For more information or to arrange a haemoglobin test, contact Interchem’s Swine Technical Specialist, Lisa Hopkins on 086 701 3844.
(1)Perri et. Al., 2015, An investigation of iron deficiency and anaemia in piglets and the effect of iron status at weaning on post-weaning performance
(2)Salle E., 2006, Comparative study of the efficacy of gleptoferron and iron dextran in anaemia prevention in piglets. Proceedings IPVS Denmark
Interchem is delighted to announce the launch of a new veterinary exclusive bolus range for ruminants under the OLIGOVET brand. The OLIGOVET Bolus range has a unique mode of action and provides a controlled and long acting sustained release of trace minerals for cattle.
Interchem are launching the new OLIGOVET Bolus range at various CPD Veterinary Seminar’s in January, titled ‘’Maximising ruminant health and performance with trace element mineral supplementation’’. These seminar’s run from 6.30-9.00 pm with supper provided afterwards.
• The role of trace elements in ruminants
• Nutritional diagnostics of forage samples, interpreting results and the use of
corrective action in practical applications.
To Register Click the link
Sinnéad Oakes MVB MRCVS MPH Cert ESM, Veterinary Technical Advisor for Interchem.
Gerry Giggins International Beef Production Consultant, Nutrition Link Ltd
McWilliam Park Hotel
Gaël Cheleux PhD MRCVS Veterinarian Technical Support at the Innovation Department at Vetalis Technologies
Brian Reidy, Ruminant Nutrition Consultant with Premier Farm Nutrition
Horse and Jockey Hotel
Mullingar Park Hotel
The Oligovet Bolus range includes Oligovet Pro Pasture Bolus (250 days of controlled release, Oligovet Dry Cow (90 days of controlled release), Oligovet Reproduction, Oligovet Repro Flush, Oligovet Electro Pidolate Max, Oligovet Copper Plus Bolus, Oligovet High Iodine Bolus and Oligovet Magnesium Bolus.
Interchem Ireland Ltd hosted a CPD equine seminar titled "Equine nutrition: needs must, but feeds mightn't!’’ on the 5th December at the Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge. This CPD seminar focused on the rational inclusion of veterinary nutritional supplementation to optimize reproduction efficiency and athletic performance in Irish horses. Topics included the role of supplementation to assist in breeding, performance horses and nursery stock/youngstock.
Speakers included Dr. Stephanie Chapman BSc (Hons) BVSc MRCVS, Veterinary Technical Advisor in Europe for Audevard Laboratoires and Sinnéad Oakes MVB MRCVS MPH Cert ESM, Veterinary Technical Advisor for Interchem.
Dr. Chapman concluded her presentation with a study* on decreased performance in racehorses:
• 275 horses evaluated for poor performance
• 84% diagnosed with a combination of multi-organ problems
• Not only orthopaedic
– New research to show that nutritional supplementation can have beneficial and synergistic effects.
*Clinical evaluation of poor performance in the racehorse: the results of 275 evaluations ELISABETH A. MORRISH. J. SEEHERMAN (1991)