April 2015

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Michael Foti
Director, Phibro Animal Health Canada

Attention to the Details Pays Off

A longtime leader in the swine industry, Phil Borgic operates a 6,200-sow farrow-to-wean operation in Nokomis, Illinois. The Borgic family has been in pork production for three generations, starting with his grandfather’s small pig farm.

“My commitment to the industry has deep roots,” Borgic explained. “My family moved to this farm in 1955, so I’ve been on this farm since birth.” Borgic added that his father had been very involved with Illinois Pork Producers and the National Livestock and Meat Board. Phil himself served 14 years on the board and two years as president for the Illinois Pork Producers, and currently is a member of the National Pork Producers Council Board of Directors.

After a lifetime of raising pigs, as did his parents, Phil has seen much over the years and has a keen eye for the little things that can have a big economic impact on his farm. “I’m always eager to learn more and expand my horizons in this industry,” Borgic said, demonstrating his ongoing commitment to improving swine production practices.



Deworming and Improving Herd Health with PRO-Banminth®

Surveys show that the large roundworm (Ascaris suum) is the number one parasite affecting the North American swine industry today. These infections can cause reduced feed intakes, tissue and organ damage, and weaken the immune system's responses to diseases such as PRRS or Salmonella

Phil understands the risks and consequences of not deworming, which is why he is committed to aggressively tackling the worm issue.

Phil Borgic

“When we deworm, it is important for us to minimize the stress on the sow.  When we first worked with Brad Harmon of Phibro and my veterinarian, we decided to go with a strict PRO-Banminth rotation of about 42 days,” Borgic said.

PRO-Banminth is an in-feed medication used to control large roundworms. PRO-Banminth is not only effective against the adult worm, but also the larval L2 stage of the roundworm lifecycle. Stopping the L2 stage is critical because it is the stage of the roundworm lifecycle just before larval migration through the liver.

“There are still worms developing at other stages in the sow, so it is crucial to come back and deworm again in another four to six weeks,” according to Doug Weiss, DVM, with Phibro Animal Health Technical Service.

Borgic and his team selected the 42-day cycle because it matches the life cycle of the large roundworm. 

“After about four rounds of that cycle, the amount of worms seen following the treatment was drastically reduced.”



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