Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. awarded three, $25,000 research grants to develop practical methods for control of the virus that causes porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS). Winners are:

  • Darwin Reicks, DVM, Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, MN, “Timeline for Detection of PRRS in Semen by Polymerase Chain Reaction Testing and Sensitivity of Pooling Samples;”

  • Scott Dee, DVM, and Satoshi Otkake, DVM, both of the University of Minnesota, “Assessing the Risk of PRRS Virus Transmission by Transport Vehicles,” and

  • Jeff Zimmerman, DVM, Iowa State University, “Determination of the Infectious Dose for Transmission of PRRS Virus by Oral Exposure.”

An added $12,500 research award was presented to Robert Morrison, DVM, University of Minnesota, “Controlling PRRS: The Use of Geographic Information Systems to Determine Area-Based Prevalence and the Association between Proximity of Non-Linked Herds and Percent Homology in Pig Farms.”