The rollout will bring real-time surveillance and improved data management solutions to Australia’s pig sector.

Australia’s pork industry is big business but like any livestock sector, it’s prone to major disruption from the outbreak of disease.

And listed animal health company Apiam (ASX:AHX) has plans to change the game for producers across the country with the introduction of Data Pig – its new proprietary electronic recording system.

The rollout is the product of a four-year research effort by Apiam’s team of leading swine veterinarians, with more than $1m worth of R&D investment and 12 months of on-farm trials.


Data Pig®

For Australia’s pig industry, the new platform will add value by giving producers the ability to carry out improved disease surveillance in real time.

The system automatically generates APIQ compliant digital records and allows users to more accurately monitor medication compliance and use. It also deploys Microsoft’s PowerBI business analytics platform and integrates a list of veterinary-approved medications.

Data Pig is available on iOS and Android devices, and integrates existing health management plans producers have already developed with their veterinarians.

Commenting on the rollout, Apiam MD Dr Chris Richards said the Data Pig platform will help producers to address crucial shortcomings that currently exist in reducing the spread of disease.

Diseases such as African Swine Fever and Foot and Mouth Disease if imported would spread locally, decimating livestock.

And their success of eradication is “intimately linked to the time lag from incursion to detection and then to identification”, Richards said.

As a member of Australian Pork Limited’s Biosecurity Review Panel and African Swine Fever Advisory Panel, Richards has held leadership roles in the Australian pig industry for more than 20 years.

Apiam is now a fast-growing animal health company with operations across 38 vet clinics and 56 locations serving the pig, dairy, feedlot, sheep, poultry, equine sectors, employing more than 200 leading veterinarians.


Model of efficiency

In that context, the rollout of Data Pig is the latest innovation that confirms Apiam’s standing as one of Australia’s leading animal health providers nationally.

Commenting on the on-farm trial process, Apiam’s lead project manager for Data Pig, Sam Weekes, said clients are already reaping the benefits of the automated solutions it provides to previously onerous data-management requirements.

While manual recording and personal interaction with veterinarians “has been the traditional pathway to satisfying regulatory requirements”, Data Pig provides a “streamlined, remotely accessible electronic data recording system”, Weekes said.

The net result is that pork producers are able to work more closely with off-site veterinarians in a “precise virtual workplace to ensure compliance and improve health, productivity and the profitability of pig herds”, he said.

And as the product rolls out across Australia, Apiam is confident it will act as a catalyst to improve the future of Australia’s pig industry to deliver best-practice animal health and welfare outcomes.

This article was developed in collaboration with Apiam, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.

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