SIKAVA is an online health classification register for Finnish pig farms run by Animal Health ETT. Data on antimicrobial usage can voluntarily be registered since 2008. This has become obligatory since 2016 for 95% of Finnish pig farms.
Animal subcategories: Four weight categories are distinguished: sows, finishers, weaners and sucklers.
Input: Farmers and vets have equal roles in data collection: provide the amount of medicines they give to the animals. Yet, virtually 100% of the data in SIKAVA originate from farmers. From 2021 on however, the data will come from the antibiotics sold to the farms by the herd vet.
Analysis, benchmarking and reporting
Benchmarking of farms is currently being developed. The unit will be DDDvet by EMA and will be calculated for farms every three months for each age group.