HyCare for pig farmers

HyCare for pig farmers

Pig farmers who choose to adopt HyCare take control of maximising hygiene within their company. They prevent the introduction of pathogens, minimise cross-contamination and virtually eradicate disease within their companies. In other words: without infection, there’s no disease.

It’s a proven concept: HyCare really works! Pig farmers increase their grip on daily operations and improve their financial results. The method focuses on increasing animal health and welfare, resulting in improved financial returns and job satisfaction. An integrated approach to hygiene prevents most infections in pigs. The HyCare method can be implemented in every existing, regular pig shed and is based on five carefully intercalibrated pillars:

The five HyCare pillars

The five HyCare pillars

These five pillars have one single objective: healthy pigs and fewer antibiotics. Attaining your goal of preventing pigs from being infected and getting sick, is achieved by preventing pathogens from settling and spreading within your farm. As pores, cracks and seams are ideal environments for these pathogens to live in, all surface pores in floors and walls are sealed. Once this is achieved, these surfaces must be kept free of pathogens. This is accomplished by thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the units after each cycle.

Pathogens can also settle in another, less visible place: drinking water pipes. Drinking water directly impacts all animals. Clean water pipes prevent pathogens from settling in them and guarantee that your animals drink clean water. Once these pathogens can no longer settle in the immediate living environment of the pigs, we must ensure that new pathogens cannot be introduced and spread in different ways. Pest such as mice, rats and flies are risks in this respect. Controlling these pests is necessary to prevent them from introducing and spreading pathogens.

In addition to providing for optimal hygiene, animals also require optimal care. For pigs, this primarily means supporting their intestinal health. To improve this, a balanced mix of organic acids is added to the clean drinking water. This kills harmful bacteria inside the intestines, while beneficial bacteria are stimulated. This helps to establish a healthy intestinal flora which optimises the digestion of nutrients.

Work method and protocols

The foundation for HyCare is an ingenious work method. A pig farmer who chooses to optimise hygiene by adopting the HyCare method, also chooses to adopt a new way of working. Most ´regular´ daily activities are adjusted and must be executed consistently. Examples include the hygiene lock and consistent washing and disinfecting of hands. While this work method requires discipline, it is a requirement for attaining the highest level of biosecurity. One way of simplifying this implementation is by placing hygiene protocols at relevant and visible locations. This enables everyone entering the company to abide by them.

Coaching and monitoring

Pig farmers who adopt the HyCare method have to implement a new way of working. To support them in this process and ensure that all activities are performed consistently and properly, a personal HyCare Coach is assigned to each pig farmer. The HyCare Coach maintains an intensive cooperation with the livestock farmer and regularly visits the company. During these visits, he monitors whether hygiene levels meet the high standards, identifies additional improvement opportunities and monitors the company's returns.

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HyCare benefits for pig farmers

The HyCare method can be implemented in every pig farm. Doing so properly requires the pig farmer to invest both in his own capabilities and in his company. Why would a pig farmer make this investment? The answer is simple, the many benefits of HyCare offer a generous return: 

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Healthier animals

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Fewer antibiotics

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Lower mortality rate

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Increased animal welfare

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Improved performance

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More pleasurable work environment

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Quicker cleaning process

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Lower costs

The five HyCare pillars

Pore-free surfaces

Pathogens cannot settle if all pores in surfaces are sealed

Clean drinking water

Clean and tasty drinking water is indispensable for keeping your animals healthy

Germ-free environment

A thorough cleaning and disinfection process creates a germ-free living environment

Optimal care

Optimal care for animals enables them to perform optimally

Pest-free stables

Prevent pathogens from being introduced and spreading in your stable by stopping pest

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