Economics of PCV2

As one of the top three economically significant swine diseases behind PRRS and mycoplasmal pneumonia, PCV2 losses could equal up to $20 per pig if they are left unvaccinated.1

Industry Impact

If pigs are left unvaccinated, the losses in the U.S. alone could exceed $2 billion.1

Rising input costs make utilizing an effective PCV2 vaccine more important than ever.
Pigs vaccinated for PCV2 can deliver a sizable return on investment over unvaccinated pigs:

  • As high as 10:1 ROI1
  • Up to $20 per pig1

Longer DOI

Derald Holtkamp, DVM, MS, Associate Professor, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, explains that while many factors affect late-finishing mortality, such as the target market weight, how long it takes to close out a group, the age the vaccine was given and the amount of disease pressure from PCV2 and other cofactors like PRRSV and SIV, even small reductions in mortality prior to marketing matter.

"In a barn of 1,000 pigs, if just one 270-pound pig is saved, and carcass prices are at $1 per pound, the benefit is more than $200, or $0.20 per pig. Vaccines with a longer DOI can provide better protection and potentially reduce mortality just prior to marketing, where the loss of a pig approaches its market value."
- Derald Holtkamp, DVM, MS

Read more from Dr. Holtkamp in The Value of Longer DOI for PCV2 Vaccination Tech Bulletin. Download PDF

See the impact on your farm.
Try our interactive feed efficiency and feed savings calculators to see home much vaccinating with Circumvent vaccines could save your operation.

Improved Feed
Efficiency Calculator

  • Rising input costs make utilizing an effective Porcine Circovirus Type 2 (PCV2) vaccination more important than ever.
  • The slightest changes in production practices can dramatically change feed efficiency - a loss of just 0.01 lb. could cost $0.50 per pig.
  • A recent study in a Midwestern commercial swine herd showed that the feed conversion difference between using Circumvent vaccines (2.560 lbs. per pig) and competitive PCV vaccines (2.688 lbs. per pig) was 0.13 lbs.2

Bottom line: An effective PCV2 vaccine like Circumvent can help improve feed efficiency, providing savings in the long run.

Improved Feed
Savings Calculator

  • Fluctuating feed costs make it all the more important to save feed where you can.
  • Swine herds in four countries - Canada, Midwestern U.S., Mexico and Brazil - found that their operations saved an average of 25.98 lbs. of feed per pig when vaccinating them with Circumvent vaccines instead of competitive PCV vaccines.3 The operations in these studies faced varying degrees of disease pressure.
  • In the Midwestern U.S. swine herd, pigs vaccinated with Circumvent vaccines required 35.2 lbs. less feed to get to market weight than those vaccinated with competitive PCV vaccines.

Bottom line: Pigs vaccinated with Circumvent vaccines require less feed, saving you in feed costs.


1. Gillespie, J., Opriessnig, T., Meng, X.J., Pelzer, K. and Buechner-Maxwell, V. Porcine circovirus type 2 and porcine circovirus-associated disease. J. Vet. Intern. Med. 2009. Vol. 23, 1151-1163.

2 PCV2 and Mycoplasma Vaccine Comparison in a Midwest Commercial Swine Herd. Data on file. 8/11 SW-CIRM-SB01

3 Evaluation of the economic return of the two vaccination programs in various production systems. Data on file. 8/11 SW-CIRM-47171