Avoid Residues In Cull Sows By Using Antibiotics Responsibly

Choose the right product for the right circumstance

Violative antibiotic residues in meat can bring serious problems to your farm. These violations can be easily avoided. Responsible antibiotic use in pork production isn’t a single decision; it’s a comprehensive process that requires consistent care of the animals that depend on you. By asking two important questions, you can help avoid residue violations while protecting your farm and the food supply.

Why this sow?
In pork processing, residue violations are most common in cull sows. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) research shows violative residues in the meat of cull sows are nearly three times greater than in finishing hogs.1 Sow culling and processing isn’t always planned as it is with finishing hogs. Because of occasional unplanned culling, sow treatment and management should be handled differently. Sow production and treatment should focus on individual sow needs versus control or treatment for a room of nursery pigs or a pen of finishers.

“Are you treating the right sow or treating because others in that farrowing date group were treated?” asked Michael Senn, DVM, senior manager, Pork Technical Services, Zoetis. “That question needs to be asked. Broad sow treatment is an issue in our industry. Taking the time to check sow temperature will tell you whether there is an infection and avoid unnecessary treatment that could lead to a residue.”

By approaching sow treatment individually, you can better ensure treating the right animal with the right product. To assist in identifying sick sows and piglets, Zoetis offers Day One Pig Care training. This program teaches pig caregivers at the sow farm about animal-health evaluation and early detection protocols to help pigs get the right treatment at the right time, as well as teaching caregivers how to properly manage newborn piglets to help lower pre-weaning mortality rates.

Why this product?
When choosing an anti-infective product, there are many important issues to consider, such as efficacy, withdrawal timing, product safety and cost. Penicillin is a low-cost option in pork production that is available over the counter, but there are significant drawbacks to consider. USDA reports show penicillin is one of the three most common residues found in pork.1

Contrary to the label indications, penicillin is commonly used in sows at a rate five times higher, Dr. Senn said. Extra-label drug use requires a veterinary prescription and escalates withdrawal timing to at least 51 days. In sow use, a 51-day withdrawal timing is problematic, considering the sow could be culled for many reasons and head toward the food chain in a matter of a few days.

“We need to think about total treatment cost, not just up-front product cost,” Dr. Senn said. “There is a cost to nonproductive sow days, which will be required to keep cull sows around during the withdrawal period.”

To help sows recover from illness and provide peace of mind for veterinarians and producers, Zoetis offers treatment options. Instead of penicillin, Dr. Senn recommends NAXCEL® (ceftiofur sodium) Sterile Powder and EXCENEL® RTU EZ (ceftiofur hydrochloride) Sterile Suspension. They provide the flexibility of multiple on-label uses as well as short withdrawal times in case the sow needs to be culled. 

NAXCEL and EXCENEL RTU EZ also are covered by the Zoetis Residue Free Guarantee™*. If you use a Zoetis-branded ceftiofur product according to label indications and experience a violative residue in meat, Zoetis will compensate you for the pork market value of the animal.

By using antibiotics responsibly, you protect your investment from the risks of improper antibiotic use and protect consumer trust in the food you provide. For more information on Zoetis products and services, contact your local Zoetis representative or visit www.zoetispork.com/avoidresidues.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: People with known hypersensitivity to penicillin or cephalosporins should avoid exposure to NAXCEL. Do not use in swine found to be hypersensitive to the product. Withdraw 4 days prior to slaughter. See full Prescribing Information for NAXCELhere.

People with known hypersensitivity to penicillin or cephalosporins should avoid exposure to EXCENEL RTU EZ. Do not use in swine found to be hypersensitive to the product. Do not administer more than 5 mL per injection site in swine. Withdraw 4 days prior to slaughter. See full Prescribing Information for EXCENEL RTU EZ here.

About Zoetis

Zoetis (zō-EH-tis) is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on a 60-year history as the animal health business of Pfizer, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products and genetic tests and supported by a range of services. In 2012, the company generated annual revenues of $4.3 billion. With approximately 9,300 employees worldwide at the beginning of 2013, Zoetis has a local presence in approximately 70 countries, including 29 manufacturing facilities in 11 countries. Its products serve veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals in 120 countries. For more information on the company, visit www.zoetisUS.com.

Zoetis is the proud sponsor with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the American Veterinary Medical Association of the mobile educational exhibit Animal Connections: Our Journey Together. Families visiting the exhibit will explore the vast bonds between people and animals and learn about the important role veterinarians play in protecting animal and human health. 

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*Residue Free Guarantee: If you use a Zoetis-branded ceftiofur product according to label indications, and experience a violative ceftiofur residue in meat, Zoetis will compensate you for the pork market value of the animal. You must purchase the product from a Zoetis-approved supplier, use the product according to label indications, have documentation of the product purchase and treatment records, and have conducted training on appropriate use to ensure proper dose and route of administration of the product. Extra-label use as prescribed by a veterinarian is excluded from the guarantee. If you experience a ceftiofur residue violation after following label indications and the above steps, contact Zoetis VMIPS (Veterinary Medical Information and Product Support) at 800-366-5288 to report the situation.

1 U.S. Department of Agriculture. United States National Residue Program Residue Quarterly Report Zoe3rd Quarter, FY 2013 (April-June). Available at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/7960e43b-50fd-4937-a497-078451b91132/Residue-Quarterly-Report-Q3-FY2013.pdf?MOD=AJPERES. Accessed November 6, 2013.



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