Company News: Zoetis, Featherlite and Hypor

June 27, 2018 12:03 PM
Zoetis adds a monovalent swine vaccine with two PCV2 genotypes, Featherlite makes improvements to its new models, and Hypor adds Charlie McKenzie to its sales force.

Zoetis Adds Monovalent Swine Vaccine with Two PCV2 Genotypes
Zoetis has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to begin marketing Fostera Gold PCV, according to a news release from the company. It said this is the pork industry’s first monovalent vaccine for swine that includes two genotypes of porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) — 2a and 2b.

The new vaccine follows the March 2018 launch of Fostera Gold PCV MH, which contains the same two PCV genotypes, but also protects against Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyo), Zoetis said.

“Our new monovalent PCV vaccine, Fostera Gold PCV, is ideal for genetic-nucleus and multiplier herds that must show proof they are negative for M. hyo and cannot have circulating M. hyo antibodies,” said Lucina Galina, DVM, PhD, director, swine technical services, Zoetis, in the release.

She added that “said some commercial farms that have eliminated M. hyo may want to consider the monovalent vaccine if they are located in isolated areas with a low risk of mycoplasma reinfection. However, most operations would benefit from using Fostera Gold PCV MH since they are located in pig-dense areas.”

“The duration of immunity (DOI) with Fostera Gold PCV is at least 23 weeks for PCV, which means the vaccine will protect most herds through the finishing period. Fostera Gold PCV MH has also been shown to provide a minimum of 23 weeks of protection against M. hyo,” the release stated.

Both vaccines may be administered as a single, 2-ml dose from 3 weeks of age or as a split dose with two, 1-ml doses administered 3 weeks apart. The split-dose regimen can be initiated as early as 3 days of age, but Dr. Galina recommends using either one dose from 3 weeks of age or the two-dose regimen starting at 3 weeks of age.

For more information on Fostera Gold PCV and Fostera Gold PCV MH, veterinarians and producers should contact their Zoetis representative or visit

Featherlite Enhances its Livestock Trailers for Added Strength and Durability
A fresh, distinctive trailer design awaits livestock owners with the introduction of Featherlite’s newly enhanced Featherlite livestock trailers, which are available now on dealership lots, the company said in a recent news release.

Featherlite trailer

“The new side panel design adds even more strength and durability to our already heavy-duty stock trailers,” Brad Alden, Universal Trailer HLG director of dealer sales, said in the release.

In addition to new side panels, Featherlite’s stock trailers also feature recent enhancements, including:

  • A single piece, durable slam latch that offers a more secure hold and is safer for owners and livestock
  • All-aluminum one-piece running boards with a rear taper
  • Thicker rear cam lock hardware for added strength
  • Single handle, easy-to-use drop gates allow for easier access

Featherlite trailers are sold through a dealer network of over 180 across the U.S. and Canada. The company’s new 2019 stock trailers are now available at local Featherlite trailer dealers. For more information, call 800-800-1230, see a dealer or visit the web at

McKenzie Joins Hypor
Hypor is adding a pork industry veteran to its sales force, announces Graydon Bell, general manager of Hypor, USA, in a news release.

Charlie McKenzie
Charlie McKenzie

“Over his 25 years in pork management, McKenzie has played a leading role in maximizing the effectiveness of operations and bringing improvements to the production process,” the release said. “Thanks to his hands-on experience with sow herds, he has gained a thorough understanding of pork industry practices. He is quick to spot opportunities for boosting efficiency and is looking forward to applying his skills to add value for producers.”

With its headquarters located in Boxmeer, The Netherlands, Hypor has interconnected breeding centers in North America, Europe and Asia. More information is available at  

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