Product Update

There are some new products in both the antibiotic and vaccines line for swine. We will target a few every newsletter and please let our offices know if you would like any additional information.

Skycis (Narasin)

skycisSkycis is a feed grade product and is used only in animals. Skycis is an ionophore, which belongs to a specific class of antibiotics developed exclusively for use in animals. They are useful because they contribute to a safe food supply, and ensure animals receive treatment when needed. Ionophores create a more efficient balance of bacteria in the pig’s hindgut, delivering consistent improvement in growth and performance. They decrease bacteria that produce acetic and butyric acid while increasing bacteria that produce propionic acid. Propionate is a more energy-efficient fuel source; therefore can improve feed efficiency, increase gain and increase energy available for growth. There is zero day slaughter withdrawal. However, swine being fed with Skycis should not have access to feeds or water containing tiamulin (Denegard) as adverse reactions may occur.

Fostera PRRS

fosteraAs of January 2015, Fostera PRRS received an additional claim for reproduction to help protect every stage of swine production. Fostera PRRS is a modified live virus vaccine and is labeled for whole herd protection against both respiratory and reproductive forms of disease caused by porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus. It is labeled for the aid in preventing reproductive disease with a duration of immunity of at least 19 weeks; and aid in preventing respiratory disease with a duration of immunity of at least 26 weeks. The new respiratory claim allows for vaccination of pigs one day of age or older for the respiratory form of the disease. Withdrawal time is 21 days after last vaccination.

Baytril (Enrofloxacin)

baytril-100Baytril 100 is a commonly used antibiotic and is labeled for both cattle and swine. The swine label has recently changed to include coverage for some additional pathogens. For swine, administer by intramuscular or subcutaneous (behind the ear) injection of 3.4 cc/100 pounds. The administered dose volume should not exceed 5 cc per injection site. Baytril is indicated for the treatment and control of swine respiratory disease (SRD) associated with Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, Pasteurella multocida, Haemophilus parasuis, Streptococcus suis, Bordetella bronchiseptica, and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae. Baytril is indicated for the control of colibacillosis in groups or pens of weaned pigs where colibacillosis associated with Escherichia coli has been diagnosed. This is a prescription antibiotic and must be used according to label. The slaughter withdrawal time for swine is 5 days.