Hogs need robust immunity to reach heavier market weight

Hogs need robust immunity to reach heavier market weight

The timing of vaccination and how long it takes to market all pigs in a group should be the first considerations for estimating the benefit of a longer duration of immunity.

*Dr. Karen Lehe is a senior swine account manager for Merck Animal Health.

AS slaughter weights trend heavier and hog prices increase, the benefit of reducing late-finishing mortality also grows.

When pigs die in late finishing, the revenue that would have been generated is lost, and the cost of feeding the animal to market weight already has occurred. Choosing the right vaccine to reduce the risk of late-finishing m

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