Midwestern grow-finish swine are commonly vaccinated for endemic diseases such as porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2), Mycoplasma hyopneumonia (M. hyo) and Lawsonia intracellularis (ileitis). Vaccinations are not expected to eliminate infections from the herd, but are expected to decrease the severity of clinical disease and associated performance losses. Producers or veterinarians occasionally get the sense that a “vaccine is not working” for a particular disease. Does that mean it is a “vaccine failure”? … Or is it a “vaccination failure”?
Learn more about the federal government’s role in fighting Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) at the upcoming international conference on novel Swine Enteric Coronavirus Diseases (nSECD) in Chicago, IL, Sept. 23-25, 2014....More
Biosecurity measures have been standard operating procedure for custom manure applicators for a long time, but the presence of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) has forced them to revisit or step up their practices....More
Wisconsin State Veterinarian Paul McGraw said the impact the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) has had on the swine industry should be a wake-up call as to how vulnerable the U.S. livestock industry is to disease coming here from other countries....More
A group of senators wrote to U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg on Monday to ask for more information about curbing the use of antibiotics in food animal production....More
Pig production losses due to lameness and joint disease are likely underestimated because losses often occur with such a low (but steady) rate to be taken for granted as “normal” or “acceptable”....More
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently started the National Feral Swine Damage Management Program in order to help states deal with rapidly expanding feral swine populations. Wildlife Services (WS) experts will lead the $20 million, multi-year program with help from APHIS’ Veterinary Services (VS) and International Services....More