• New tool is part of suite of solutions to improve farm biosecurity and control of PRRS (Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome)
• Online assessment application charts four risk categories against benchmarks from other farms
INGELHEIM, Germany, May 2017 — Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has expanded its suite of innovative biosecurity resources to help swine farms control the introduction and spread of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS). The company’s new Comprehensive Online Management Biosecurity Assessment Tool (COMBAT) is now available globally to strengthen the identification and resolution of potential biosecurity hazards as part of a 5-step PRRS control program risk management process.
Successful PRRS control incorporates measures to reduce both existing PRRS virus spread and new virus introduction. The online COMBAT solution facilitates improved biosecurity, pig flow and management practices by assessing the most important risk areas related to PRRS incidence.
“By efficiently helping swine farms identify their most vulnerable areas of risk in the control of PRRS, they can implement corrective biosecurity actions,” said Poul Henning Rathkjen, Sr. Global Technical Manager PRRS. “As the leader in swine health worldwide, we are committed to offering a range of solutions, such as COMBAT, to help protect against PRRS and other challenging swine diseases.”
Using the COMBAT app or website, customers complete a detailed set of questions within four risk categories: internal, external, location and management/pig flow. The farm’s various risks are calculated based on published literature and previous on-farm assessments. The data, presented in a chart that indicates the range and prominence of various risks, can be mapped against risk data from other farms worldwide. The risk assessment results enable producers to discuss, prioritize and guide future risk improvement efforts.
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