The 76th annual Minnesota Nutrition Conference delved into the latest research, information and best practices in livestock nutrition, with presentations divided into ruminant, non-ruminant and equine. The conference included 21 presentations by speakers representing industry, government and academia from across the county, eight University of Minnesota research updates and one round-table with five equine industry exports.
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
In the past several weeks, cases of Senecavirus A (Seneca Valley Virus) have been reported in multiple commercial herds in California, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey and North Carolina. SVV is not a limited production disease but its symptoms are similar to foot-and-mouth disease, swine vesicular disease, vesicular stomatitis and vesicular exanthema. So, hog farmers finding lesions on the snout and coronary band/hoof lesions on sows, nursery pigs or finishing pigs should immediately consult their herd veterinarian.
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
The American Feed Industry Association’s legal counsel earlier this week submitted comments on behalf of the organization to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the proposed rule making on antimicrobial animal drug sales and distribution reporting....More
Senators are asking for information on how the task force plans to address critical gaps in current Food & Drug Administration policies to address public health threats posed by the “overuse of antibiotics in food animals.”...More
Heat stress suffered while gilts are in gestation has long-lasting effects on the performance of the gilts themselves, but also the performance of their offspring, and even further down in the gilts’ lineage....More
Hog producers have two more opportunities to take in the Pork Checkoff’s webinar series “Assessing and Understanding the Impact of Seasonal Loss of Productivity” with Tuesday’s installment presented by Virginia Tech's Shelly Rhoads....More
Sweltering heat of summer can have a large impact on the U.S. hog industry. Though the hogs themselves do not sweat, the producers will as heat stress makes a large economic dent in productivity....More
Actinobacillus pleuropneumonia and Actinobacillus suis continue to be important causes of respiratory and systemic disease, respectively, in swine, and the economic impact of these diseases has significantly increased with the intensification and consolidation of swine production....More
American Association of Swine Veterinarians practitioners and accredited veterinarians are a first line of defense in detecting and reporting foreign animal diseases, and with that in mind they are encouraged to participate in the USDA’s pilot project to evaluate a foreign animal disease surveillance system....More