Merck Animal Health has introduced Coccivac Scheduler, an iPad app, which will help poultry producers create best management practices protocols focused on minimising the costly and persistent threat of coccidiosis.
Working with a Merck Animal Health sales representative, producers can use the Coccivac Scheduler to collect trend data, as well as connect past coccidiosis programs with performance issues. This will help provide insights to help minimise losses and maximise flock health. Utilising the features of the app, producers also will be able to develop a five-year coccidiosis management plan, including vaccination and rotation programs, that will help support their efforts to more proactively manage the disease on their operations.
"By the time producers notice a lack of effectiveness in their current coccidiosis programs, the health of their flocks, as well as the profitability of the operation, could be impacted," said Charles Broussard, associate director, scientific marketing affairs at Merck Animal Health. "Coccivac Scheduler is a valuable tool for producers that utilise data and trends to reveal shortfalls in current programs – such as lack of efficacy in current in-feed anticoccidial products – before there is a decrease in flock performance. Identifying a problem early or using proactive measures to help minimise its impact saves time, money and birds."
The easy-to-use app includes a comprehensive list of available in-feed anticoccidial products used to combat coccidiosis, as well as the Merck Animal Health Coccivac line of vaccines, which help prevent coccidiosis in chickens when vaccinated by spray at 1 day of age. While an in-feed medication protocol has been the industry standard, vaccination is critical to a successful, long-term coccidiosis management program.
Based upon producers' inputs, the Coccivac Scheduler is used to create a customized best practices program that addresses the timing of vaccination in rotation with other products. It helps eliminate traditional variables such as overuse of in-feed anticoccidials and not rotating chemicals from different classes which are often seen with standard coccidiosis management regimens. This approach allows producers to develop long-term disease management strategies to achieve profitable programs that deliver more consistent results.