Diagram: PICtraq - Sow Distribution

PIC's approach to health

The aim of the PIC Health Program is to provide safe distribution of genetic improvement. The company works with customers and their veterinarians to deliver breeding stock or semen while avoiding dissemination of economically significant diseases into customer herds. PIC strives to have a Health Program where communication with customers and their veterinary advisers is open and honest.

Basis of PIC's Health Program

The PIC Health Program is based on the implementation of principles that have evolved since the company was founded in 1962. They can be grouped into four overall guiding principles:

  1. Establish herds of high health status: All herds under the control of PIC's Health Program must be established in biosecure locations with the healthiest pigs available for the purpose.
  2. Protect herds from disease introduction: All PIC herds are expected to observe PIC biosecurity standards which are some of the strictest in the industry.
  3. Have surveillance and monitoring systems in place: With a priority of minimising the risk of dissemination of infections to customers' herds, all PIC herds are continuously assessed for the presence of diseases, biosecurity breaches, and compliance with protocols.
  4. Have contingencies in place: In the event a significant pathogen is suspected to enter the system, PIC has mechanisms in place for immediate and pre-determined action to prevent disease movement within the PIC system as well as downstream to customers' herds.

Why is health so important?

Diseases are very costly, and represent one of the most important contributing factors limiting expression of animals' genetic potential.

For producers, good health brings lower costs as well as greater predictability to the output of their production systems. PIC's Health Program aims at protecting and improving the health status of customer herds so the genetic potential of their pigs can be realised.

Aside from productivity and financial benefits of keeping diseases out of systems, it is just good sound husbandry to do so. Stockpeople do not want to see the pigs under their care suffering from the effects of diseases.

As part of PIC New Zealand’s commitment to the pig industry we offer a full support service in completing depopulations and repopulations. Due to our extensive network of breeding farms we have the ability to repopulate most farms in the shortest of time frames to reduce cashflow downtime.

PIC New Zealand contracts our veterinary and technical services to Dr Bruce Welch at PVS, which monitors the health status of all PIC farms, manages the breeding program requirements for PIC and provides consultancy services to PIC customers.