April 22, 2016


E-medicine book for UK pig producers now available


UK pig producers can now avail themselves of an electronic medicine book for pigs (eMB-Pigs), which is a collection of accurate on-farm antibiotic usage data, AHDB Pork said. 


Martin Smith,veterinary team manager of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board's pork division, said the eMB-Pigs is an electronic version of the existing printed book and a "a convenient way to record and quantify usage so producers can review and optimise their antibiotic use".


He said that at present, only total antibiotic sales data for pigs and poultry are available, which doesn't give an accurate picture of pig-specific use.


"For this reason, AHDB Pork and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate have developed the eMB-Pigs website, which is also supported by Northern Ireland and the Scottish and Welsh levy bodies", he added.


Pig producers are required to keep a medicine book to record all medication administered to livestock, including antibiotics administered in feed. "eMB-Pigs will help producers collate this information", Smith said.


AHDB Pork said this is the first time a system of this type has been run for the pig industry. "It has been designed and piloted in collaboration with vets and a group of producers from around the UK".  


Access to eMB-Pigs is through the same log-in details used for the AHDB Pig Hub and eAML2 at https://www.pighub.org.uk. Once registered, users can also log in directly at https://emb-pigs.ahdb.org.uk.

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