The £1.5million vaccine voucher research project being run
by BPEX is now up and running. The scheme will provide vouchers
for PCV2 vaccines and is open to all English producers.
The project is open to producers already using a Circovirus
vaccine as well as to new users and vouchers will be supplied
monthly and will only be valid for one month - the first
voucher will be valid until the end of May for vaccine
purchased in April 2008.
BPEX Director of Pig Industry Development
Mark Wilson said: "The
BPEX board is supporting this project because PMWS and
PDNS remain the greatest health challenge to the English
pig industry leading to continued poor physical performance
and increased production costs.
"In tackling this challenge the aim is to build a
more sustainable and competitive industry for the future."
objective of the research project is to measure the effects
of PCV2 vaccination of sows or piglets on herd health,
welfare, mortality and physical performance by unit, region
and on a national scale.
BPEX, veterinary practices
and the pharmaceutical companies involved will then be
able to offer clear scientifically-based advice on the
cost benefits of using Circovirus vaccines.
is a research project and, in return for providing vouchers,
BPEX will need information from producers on pre- and post-vaccination
Summary details of
the previous month's breeding and feeding herd key performance
indicators will have to be supplied with the application
for each voucher. The pre-vaccination performance details
will be collected by questionnaire at a later date.
The application form for the project is
being posted to all assured farms. Further copies can be
downloaded from the BPEX website, www.bpex.org.uk and applications
can also be made online through this website. The online
application route is preferred.
EWA Bespoke Communications will manage the logistics of
the scheme on behalf of BPEX and they will be processing
all of the application forms.
Mark said: "The funding
allocated to this project from levy reserves is limited
to £1.5 million. Depending
on the uptake this might last for up to nine months but
it may be far shorter!
"Please get in touch with the BPEX Knowledge Transfer
managers for further information or clarification, if required.
Contact details are available on the BPEX
Farms that produce only weaner pigs will be eligible to
make joint applications with a unit to which they supply
pigs for finishing.
The value of the voucher will be £2.20
per dose of sow vaccine and 40p per dose of piglet vaccine.
Vouchers will be sent to producers following approval of
their application. Vouchers must then be returned with
veterinary receipt for that month's PCV2 vaccine. The receipt
must clearly state the veterinary surgeon, veterinary practice,
month, vaccine used, number of doses supplied and the unit
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