Improvac has been shown to be safe in male pigs from 8 weeks of age . Pfizer Inc. Cornhusker Highway, Lincoln,. Nebraska USA. Synthetic GnRF. Unlike physical castration, which is performed early in a pig’s life, Improvac is administered only a few weeks prior to slaughter and allows pigs to grow naturally. Improvac® Pfizer Animal Health. Contraceptive Product: GnRH protein conjugate . Product Category: Immunocontraception: vaccine against the GnRH. Product.

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Care should be taken to avoid accidental self-injection and needle-stick injury when administering this product. Pfizer said it was currently “being i,provac by a small number of pig farmers in the UK”.

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The late rise in daily gain can be beneficial if management is aligned. Through its inhibitory effect on GnRF Gonadotrophin Releasing Factor and testosterone production, Improvac Boar Taint Vaccine for Male Pigs also modifies the iprovac of peripubertal male pigs which may be evidenced by increased weight gain during the post-vaccination pre-slaughter period.

Boars vaccinated against boar lmprovac had lower ADW before the second vaccination, but compensated the weight difference after complete vaccination. The recommended site for injection is at the base of the neck, immediately behind the ear.

All animals were negative for boar taint by both cooking and melting tests. Zoetis South Africa Pty Ltd. Public sensitivity to chemical castration is improovac to be high after the scandal in Ireland, when pork products were contaminated by PCBs — dangerous, man-made chemicals. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer developed the drug, Improvacto allow farmers to grow pigs bigger before slaughter but without them releasing the hormones that cause boar taint, a taste many consumers dislike.


This may lead to stock losses, but fortunately is of rare occurrence. The second dose, at least 4 weeks after the first dose, is essential to limit the further production of taint substances. Show 25 25 50 All.

Pfizer says the treatment was approved only after “rigorous” testing to ensure it could not affect consumers through the pig meat or the environment. A piece of the neck muscle from each pig was used to conduct a cooking and melting sensory test. Pfizer said it disagreed with the description “chemical castration”, but critics argue that — as with use of the term for human sex offenders — the effect is the same.

The safety assessment of Improvac was every bit as rigorous as a human medicine jmprovac.

An injection to prevent puberty in male pigs was licensed for use in Britain and most of Europe last year, and has gone on sale to farmers who produce pork. Live weights were recorded in weeks 1, 4, 12, 18, and Two doses prizer vaccine should be administered to entire male pigs at an interval of at least 4 weeks. It works by injecting pigs twice with a synthetic product that causes the testes to shrink.

David Clarke, AFS chief executive, said: Loading comments… Trouble loading?

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In much of Europe, young males are physically castrated, but in the UK the practice is rarely carried out. The RSPCA said farmers in its Freedom Foods scheme could use Improvac from later this month if they convinced managers that it would help animal welfare, for example by reducing aggression between boars. Vaccination as well as surgical castration reliably prevents the incidence of boar taint.


Accidental self-injection may affect fertility in both men and women and pregnancy. But the AFS, the country’s biggest farm certification scheme, has rejected it, fearing a public backlash.

After the second injection, testicle size of vaccinated pigs decreased significantly. Ordering Products Fax no. The major predisposing factor to this is absorption of skatole through the skin in a wet and soiled environment. Certain feedstuffs have also been implicated as a source of high skatole levels in the carcase.

Fears over use of chemicals to castrate pigs

The above recommendations on method and timing of vaccination, and injection site should be closely followed to ensure optimum effect and minimise carcase damage. Consumers should be better informed about such changes to their food, added Waygood. There are also concerns about safety for farm workers who might accidentally inject themselves, and will ijprovac to handle bigger animals, said the British Veterinary Association.