Food producing animals

For healthy animals and quality production, Virbac promotes prevention practices and individualizes treatments. An approach that adapts to the needs and constraints of all types of farming, all over the world.

From the Indian farmer who has only a few cows, to an Asian corporation managing over 200,000 sows, or a Mexican bovine operation with over 300,000 head of cattle, Virbac adjusts to the wide array of species and farming techniques every day. The Group’s objective is to develop cross-functional disease management, combining diagnosis, services and medications to confront the major challenges facing farming today. This sustainable approach aims to promote prevention, micronutrition protocols, taking animal well-being into account in farming, all while relying on the antimicrobial stewardship when necessary.

HEALTHY COWS MAKE BETTER MILK

Because healthy cows produce quality milk, Virbac makes their health and well-being a priority. Dedicated to dairy professionals, the Target 150 program aims to bring global and integrated solutions and protocols for a better and more sustainable milk production. Developed in close cooperation with worldwide known experts in several countries, Target 150 focuses on the most critical 150 days of the milk production cycle. This livestock follow-up, diagnosis and decision-making assistance tool is accompanied by a training program. It stands upon four fundamental pillars, which are animal welfare, nutrition, reproduction and milk quality. An integral part of the program, the Virbac Dairy Symposium periodically gathers global experts of the dairy industry to familiarize farmers with the technologies of the future.

CALF HEALTH IS THE HERD’S FUTURE

During the first weeks of life, calves’ health is depending on maternal antibodies contained in colostrum while waiting for the calf own immunity to become active. Because of this, newborn calves are particularly sensitive to attacks from the external environment. To fight dominant pathologies in farms, especially respiratory diseases and neonatal diarrhea, Virbac offers global management of calf health, integrating diagnosis, prevention (parasiticides, vaccines) and care (rehydrants, antibiotics, etc.). Virbac pays particular attention to the prevention of neonatal diarrhea, the number one cause of mortality in calves before the age of one month. Vaccination of pregnant cows against the principal pathogenic agents (Rotavirus, Coronavirus, E.Coli) raises the number of antibodies in colostrum and gives the calf passive immunity from a very young age. Vaccination reduces the severity and duration of neonatal diarrhea, and by reducing the excretion of pathogenic agents into the environment, it limits the chance of infection in other calves.

MICRONUTRITION OVER MEDICATION

Limiting the use of chemical molecules (particularly antibiotics) by supporting the body’s natural processes through a trace elements supplementation: that is the goal of micronutrition. As in humans, these nutrients are just as essential to immune response mechanisms as they are to the development of the animal, whether they are cows, swine, sheep, fish, etc. Zinc, copper, manganese and selenium in particular are components with a wide variety of enzymes that promote metabolism, growth, production and reproduction. The diet of food producing animals does not always provide enough of these components, particularly at certain critical times in their lives (mating, parturition and drying off, for example). A program of high bioavailable trace elements supplementation will help to meet the animal’s increased nutritional needs at these key moments. To optimize their absorption, Virbac offers injectable forms that provide better availability for each animal and overcome the complex mineral antagonisms in the animals’ digestive tracts.

SPECIFIC CARE FOR HEALTHY SHEEP

With a population numbering over a billion head, sheep are spread over the five continents, mainly in Asia and Oceania, with China and Australia toping the lists. In order to protect flocks from infectious diseases and parasites such as worms, flies and fleas, Virbac provides veterinarians and farmers a large range of products, including parasiticides, vaccines, anti-infectives and micronutrition injectables. The special care given to the health of pregnant ewes is key to sustainable flock management. Meeting the health, physical and nutritional needs of ewes ensures smooth deliveries, rapid recovery of mothers and preserve the health of newborn lambs. At a minimum, taking these needs into account in the final months of pregnancy involves protection against parasites, vaccination against major infectious diseases and trace element supplementation.

SWINE FARMING: PREVENTION FIRST AND FOREMOST
Today, one of the major challenges facing professionals in the swine industry is preserving the productivity while reducing the use of antibiotics. Virbac supports veterinarians and farmers with technical solutions and training on production methods that promote sanitary (housing management) and medical prevention, thanks to vaccination, micronutrition and better management of reproduction, in particular. Virbac offers responses that aim to combat the main diseases likely to affect swine production:
  • vaccines, particularly in Southeast Asia and Latin America;
  • solutions to help farmers to better manage reproduction;
  • injectable anti-infectives;
  • prevention solutions using injectable micronutrition, particularly mineral supplements to control oxidative stress.
Virbac relies upon a team of dedicated professionals who support farmers in the field by supplying them with information, advice and technical support to optimize their farming methods while promoting prevention.
MAJOR INNOVATIONS FOR FISH & SHRIMP

Capture fisheries and aquaculture (which includes the fish, crustaceans and mollusks farming) represent the primary source of animal protein in the world, ahead of swine and poultry.
Faced with insufficient capture fisheries production, aquaculture must grow in order to meet demand. From small-scale local farms to sophisticated intensive ones, aquaculture farms around the world are all exposed to bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections. With global knowledge of the cold water and warm water sectors, Virbac develops solutions for aquaculture farms around the world: salmon, trout, tilapia, pangasius, shrimp, etc. These solutions target the prevention of principal bacterial and viral pathologies through major innovations such as oral vaccination. Dosing the fish through food avoids the stress of vaccination by injection and reduces losses and the high cost of a vaccination in the water. Another major prevention method consist in the use of immunostimulants. By acting organically on the body to increase the production of antibodies, these components help to strengthen the natural immune defenses of various animals raised on aquaculture farms and limit the use of antibiotics.