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ARCHER FARMS, INC. uses a single-source and high health herd that consists of 600 Yorkshire females. The original breeding stock came from Newsham Genetics. It is a multi-site farrow to finish operation with a shower-in/shower-out breeding and gestation facility that is designed for "all-in/all-out" management. The other location is a wean to finish facility where piglets are moved at three weeks of age. This facility is located five miles from the breeding and gestation building.

Swine that leave our facility NEVER return to the facility. Our trucks are cleaned and disinfected after deliveries. All deliveries are made by ARCHER FARMS, INC. approved drivers in our climate-controlled vehicles. Loading of swine is done offsite for bio-security reasons. Site visitation is very limited. Visitors must be away from other swine for at least 48 hours and must shower in and wear our disposable clothes. Biosecurity in our facility is strictly enforced! Feed is processed on the farm to further reduce introduction of pathogens.

This herd is negative for Pseudorabies and Brucellosis. The herd is currently vaccinated for Leptospirosis, Erysipelas and Parvovirus. The herd is also vaccinated for Mycoplasma Pneumonia and Porcine Circovirus Type 2 prior to breeding. The sows are wormed pre-farrowing with Doramectin.

Sows farrow in crates that have coated wire flooring. These farrowing rooms are cleaned and disinfected prior to farrowing. The young pigs are weaned at 3 weeks of age and moved to a clean and disinfected room in the wean to finish facility. These rooms are temperature controlled and ventilated to allow for maximum comfort. The baby pigs are processed at 2-3 days of age.

Piglets are weaned, vaccinated for Porcine Circovirus Type 2 and Mycoplasma Pneumonia and wormed with Doramectin at 21 days of age. Piglets are transported to an offsite wean to finish facility where they are housed until they reach market weight.

Our breeding schedule at ARCHER FARMS, INC. allows for 25-30 sows to birth 300 piglets per week. This makes for a continuous year-round supply of pigs from newborn to 250 lbs. We can accommodate all sizes and ages of sex-specific swine. We have been supplying research animals for the past 25 years to many facilities in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia and Massachusetts.

- USDA licensed
- AALAS member

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