October 2001 Blueprint Focus - Fighting Respiratory Disease

 

This 33rd edition of the Blueprint series from National Hog Farmer tackles the daunting challenge of fighting swine respiratory disease from farrow-to-finish. 
 
For this task, we’ve assembled the best authorities in the pork industry to write about the progress and problems in dealing with the major vectors in the porcine respiratory disease complex. These include porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), Mycoplasmal pneumonia/ Pasteurella multocida, swine influenza virus and secondary disease problems. 
 
This report also includes two stories on presentations from the 2001 Leman Swine Conference that deal with the feasibility of eradicating PRRS and mycoplasma. 
 
A two-page article outlines 10 management tips producers can put to use in their operations. 
 
And finally, a report from USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring Systems Swine (NAHMS) 2000 survey provides on-farm details on the prevalence of swine respiratory diseases and related production practices.

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