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Vaccinate At One Day

Canadian swine producers can now vaccinate for mycoplasma pneumonia when they process baby pigs. A new label claim makes RespiSure-ONE by Pfizer Animal Health the only vaccine approved for administration at one day of age, the company says in a release. Vaccination as early as one day of age with RespiSure-ONE effectively generates long-term protective

New Antibiotic Treatment For Dairy

Pfizer Animal Health has announced that Excede 200, a convenient, single-dose, long-acting antibiotic therapy, is available to treat bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in cattle, including lactating dairy cows. The first new BRD treatment for the dairy in more than a decade, Excede provides producers with a new option to treat an illness considered a major


Spot The Sick Pig

Canadian swine veterinarians and the animal health arm of drug maker Pfizer have set up a new program to train hog producers on how to identify sick animals. The program, dubbed the ABC Pig training program, is to be offered nationwide exclusively through hog veterinarians and is meant to set up a simple system by

A Vaccine For Boar Taint Coming Soon

Bernie Peet is president of Pork Chain Consulting Ltd. of Lacombe, Alberta, and editor of Western Hog Journal. His columns will run every second week in the Manitoba Co-operator. An immunological method of eliminating boar taint through vaccination is moving closer to reality in North America, with the vaccine soon to be licensed in both

Preventive Antibiotic Approved For Hogs

Draxxin (tulathromycin) is now registered for control of swine respiratory disease (SRD) in groups of pigs where SRD has been diagnosed. Draxxin is the first and only injectable antibiotic with a control claim for use in pigs assessed to be at risk of developing SRD because of their proximity to sick animals. With the additional


BIXS System Ready For Prime Time – for Aug. 26, 2010

CALGARY Ranchers who wondered why they bothered to put RFID tags in their calves’ ears every spring will soon find out the reason. After extensive beta-testing by computer-savvy ranchers this summer, the online record-keeping system called the BIXS, or Beef InfoXchange System, will be ready for launch for the cow-calf sector by September of this

End of an Era?

You don’t have to like horses to appreciate the value the horse industry adds to Manitoba. As one industry participant once described it while standing on the sidelines at one of the many horse shows every summer, “There’s lots of money in horses – and I have the bills to prove it.” A 2009 study

Axe Falls On 38 PMU Ranches

“It was a steady income… You knew what you were going to get a year or two in advance. There’s not too many commodities in agriculture you can do that with.” – GORDON MASON On a cloudy afternoon, Gordon Mason asks his wife Gladys for help finding his cowboy hat. “Going out in style,” she


Pmu Ranches May Be Cut To 25

Another round of cutbacks may see the number of equine ranches in Mani toba , Sa s k a t chewa n and North Dakota slashed to around 25, down from 64 last year. The decl ine in the local industry that produces pregnant mares’ urine for use by drug manufactur ing giant Wyeth in

Swine Flu Vaccine Not Tested On New H1N1

A new swine flu vaccine available to protect herds against traditional H1N1 and H3N2 subtypes, has no data available to demonstrate FluSure XP’s efficacy against the newly emerged A H1N1 global virus, Pfizer Animal Health says in a release. FluSure XP is the first swine vaccine to be licensed under new Canadian Food Inspection Agency