Intervet/Schering-Plough has launched a new testing system that allows farmers and traders to confirm the vaccination status of piglets with Porcilis PCV.
BacuCheck is a straightforward enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay that makes it easy for users to assess which animals have received the vaccine and are therefore protected against porcine circovirus type 2.
It was developed by veterinary diagnostic laboratory Synlab Vet in collaboration with Intervet/Schering-Plough and has now made its debut in Germany.
BacuCheck functions by detecting antibodies against baculomarkers used in the production of the structural capsid protein ORF2 component of the drug, thus differentiating between the field virus and the vaccine antigen.
The test, which is being rolled out across Europe this year, also lets users check whether animals have received a full vaccine dose, thus enhancing trustful relationships with feeding pig companies.
Last month, Intervet/Schering-Plough launched Porcilis AR-T DF, a new and safer version of its older Porcilis AR-T vaccine for progressive atrophic rhinitis.See all the latest jobs in Animal Health