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Merial Welcomes Colombian Poultry Vets to Lyon

by 5m Editor
15 February 2011, at 7:58am

GLOBAL - Merial has hosted a visit by several Colombian key customers to its production facilities and European headquarters at Lyon, France.

The Colombian customers had the opportunity to tour Merial's state of the art manufacturing facility in Lyon Porte des Alpes. The delegation also attended a technical seminar with Merial's scientists and researchers regarding the use and history of infectious bursal disease (IBD) vectored vaccines technology in today's poultry industry.

Since its introduction to Colombia in 2008, more than 30 per cent of poultry producers have used VAXXITEKTM HVT+IBD, Merial's novel vector vaccine. VAXXITEK HVT+IBD is licensed for the hatchery vaccination of broilers, layers and breeders against IBD and Marek's disease. VAXXITEK HVT+IBD is recognized by many leading Colombian veterinarians as providing a significant advantage for the management and effective control of IBD as well as preserving the integrity of the bird's immune system. Today in Colombia and elsewhere, vector vaccine technology is a very effective way to control IBD and to improve live production parameters and processing efficiencies such as uniformity, condemnation rates and meat yield.

"The seminar created a unique opportunity to share and exchange technical information about the use of IBD vectored technology in the poultry industry today between our valued customers and Merial's scientists and manufacturing experts," concluded Dr Juan Carlos Orrego, Carval Avian Business Manager.

Infectious Bursal Disease (IBD) is often referred to as 'Gumboro Disease', named after Gumboro, Delaware, the town in which it was first recognised in 1962. IBD is one of the most widely recognised diseases affecting chickens globally and is a major cause of immunosuppression and mortality.

Further Reading

- Find out more information on infectious bursal disease (IBD) by clicking here.