RUMA guidelines for the responsible use of vaccines by pig farmers have been designed to give easy-to-read guiding principles that can be used by pig producers in the management of their herds.
Parasitic worms in the pig are an important though often overlooked problem that can significantly reduce productivity and growth rates as well as causing noticeable clinical disease in some cases. Worms can affect the digestive system and the respiratory system, the latter by direct damage due to the pig lungworm or more commonly indirectly as migrating worm larvae pass through the lungs on their way back to the gut.
Antibiotics are important medicines, used under veterinary direction, to treat sick animals; they are an essential tool to protect pig health and welfare. The vet will ensure the treatment is responsible, that it is appropriate for the farm and the current health situation in the pigs being treated.