Hog weights have, as expected, remained below year-ago levels so far in 2016. The average weight of all hogs (which includes sows, boars and lightweight hogs) has been down, on average, 0.7% versus 2015....More
Minnesota Pork Producers Association is considering a proposal to partner with the state Board of Animal Health to gather PRRS and PEDV status of the origin herds of pigs entering the Gopher State....More
Effective biosurveillance programs are reliant on good communication between veterinarians, veterinary diagnostic laboratories and producers, and the information that each is able to bring to the table to ward off swine diseases....More
Minnesota Pork Congress took over the Minneapolis Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis Jan. 19-20, presenting Minnesota's only trade show and educational event dedicated exclusively to pork production and pork producers.
Minnesota pork producers will discuss partnering with the Board of Animal Health to gather information about PRRS and PED status of pigs entering Minnesota, to lead to a better understanding of the dynamics of disease control....More
Summer futures prices are profitable and fall contracts would yield relatively small losses for low-cost producers, but will cash prices match those levels when we arrive at those distant months?...More
Pork producers know lower temperatures can mean a heightened risk for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. Fortunately, the industry is now more knowledgeable, more prepared and better equipped to help minimize the spread of PEDV this winter. ...More
The swine industry is not over porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. It is easy to become complacent, especially as the farm breaks have become mild. However, the pork industry is not over PEDV and it is recommended for hog farmers to remain vigilant in protecting their farms from a disease outbreak.
For additional resources about farm biosecurity, visit pork.org/PEDV.
Even though PRRS remains the focus of the North American PRRS Symposium, collaborations with USDA NC-229 and the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases have resulted in including emerging and foreign animal diseases, such as porcine epidemic diarrhea, porcine circovirus-associated disease, African swine fever, classical swine fever and other high-consequence diseases of interest to the swine virological community.