Early indications are agricultural research will be a big winner when President Obama releases his Fiscal Year ’17 budget. The administration’s budget is proposing $700 million for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative....More
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.
Further research is needed to determine if there are interactive effects of active ingredients in various feed additives, as well as the relative effectiveness of individual active ingredients on the inactivation kinetics of PDCoV....More
Reviewing and refining biosecurity procedures are essential to ensuring the safety of our farms. The recent emergence of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in the last few years has driven efforts to better evaluate and improve biosecurity in the U.S. pork industry....More
Although the cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus have lessened quite a bit since its sudden emergence in the United States in 2013, Joseph Connor, DVM and president of Carthage Veterinary Service Ltd. at the 25th annual Swine Health and Production Conference advised hog farmers to stay vigilant against this production limiting virus. Connor proposes the question to a room full of hog farmers: “Can we eliminate PEDV from North America in 2016?”. ...More
Dave Pyburn took over Sept. 8 as the National Pork Board's senior vice president of science and technology, replacing Paul Sundberg who became executive director of the newly formed Swine Health Information Center....More
Updated: An evaluation of viability of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in individual feed ingredients in swine diets was recently studied by Pipestone Applied Research and the South Dakota State University’s Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory....More
Paul Sundberg, National Pork Board vice president of science and technology, was announced as the director of the newly formed Swine Health Information Center during a National Pork Producers Council press conference kicking off the first day of the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa....More
Harrisvaccines is pioneering the commercialization of a novel way to make a vaccine using just a part of a virus. They call it SirraVax RNA Particle, and it’s a technology platform that uses as its backbone a simple virus called an alphavirus. The process never uses the actual virus in the production of the vaccine. Instead the vaccine starts with data....More