Producers and veterinarians wanting to protect their swine herds against a couple of the most important respiratory diseases in pigs will soon be able to do so with a smaller package. Starting this January, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), maker of the single-injection FLEXcombo® vaccine against porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, will offer it in a 50-dose pack, so there’s less waste and better matching of a herd number.
According to Sarah Jorgensen, FLEX brand manager for the BIVI Swine Division, the packaging and mixing process for the new 50-dose FLEXcombo® is the same as what producers are used to with the larger presentation size. “The 50-dose FLEXcombo® package contains a 50-mL bottle of Ingelvac CircoFLEX® and 50 mL of Ingelvac MycoFLEX® in a 100-mL headspace bottle for easy mixing. The result is 100 mL of mixed vaccine, enough to treat 50 head with a single 2-mL injection,” she explains.
Producers and veterinarians have asked for a smaller presentation of FLEXcombo® so that they can better match vaccine quantity with the number of pigs they need to vaccine, while reducing the amount of left over vaccine.
“Customers now have more choice in product size to go along with the added convenience of vaccinating pigs against two of the most important respiratory diseases in swine, all with a single injection,” Jorgensen adds. “More importantly, customers using either presentation size of FLEXcombo® can reduce stress on both pigs and people while decreasing labor costs because of the need for fewer injections. This all results in greater compliance with the Pork Quality Assurance Plus® program and improved pork quality.”
More information is available on the BIVI website.