Recently, you may have heard something about the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) making a new announcement regarding antibiotic use in livestock production. Officially the agency that regulates the use of antibiotics said:
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is implementing a plan to help phase out the use of medically important antimicrobials in food animals for food production purposes, such as to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency. The plan would also phase in veterinary oversight of the remaining appropriate therapeutic uses of such drugs.”...More
In spite of ramped up biosecurity measures and heightened disease prevention vigilance, the Canadian Swine Health Board announced yesterday that porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) has been confirmed in Canada....More
Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), which arrived in the United States this past spring of 2013, hit its momentum in December with the highest number of cases reported since the outbreak. It’s a peak that is continuing into the New Year.
According to one industry expert, it’s now more important than ever for producers to not let their guard down....More
Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) has caused significant challenges to the swine industry. The virus had not been previously identified in the United States prior to May of 2013.
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Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) – What Is It?
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The University of Minnesota has released preliminary findings for its lateral spread study on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). Researchers emphasize that the results will change as more data are available and analyzed.
Data from the first 24 company, capacity, and production type matched pairs of case sites and negative control sites (48 total analyzed) from 123 questionnaires were summarized....More
On Dec. 11, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced important steps to ensure the judicious use of antibiotics in food animals as one approach to addressing antimicrobial resistance in human medicine.
In an effort to clarify what this ruling means to livestock producers and other industry professionals, members of the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois will offer a webinar to address the new rules on Jan. 28 from noon to 1 p.m....More
Hog producers looking for new information on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) will find it during the South Dakota Pork Congress on Jan. 8, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Sioux Falls Ramkota Hotel and Exhibit Hall (3200 W. Maple St.,)....More
Three million pigs may have been lost to porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) during 2013, according to some estimates, says Bob Thaler, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension swine specialist....More
Blogger Mike Brumm of Brumm Swine Consultancy at North Mankato, MN, says the biggest question he heard from a recent sow farm struck by porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) was when can we start keeping pigs alive? Brumm visited to assess ventilation settings and gilt development unit options....More
The National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service added 66 new cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) to those reported during the week of Dec. 15, 2013, making last week's total of 185 the highest since beginning of the outbreak, reported the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV)....More
The Stein Monogastric Nutrition lab at the University of Illinois has produced a brochure intended to help producers make the transition to raising pigs without antimicrobial growth promoters (AGPs). The brochure describes a number of strategies for promoting growth, reducing disease exposure, and increasing resistance to disease among weanling pigs. Some of these strategies include:...More
Infectious disease continues to be a threat to swine production. In the United States, we are currently experiencing one of the most devastating epidemics in the last few decades with the introduction of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV)....More
An Ames, IA, pharmaceutical firm is seeking broader license of its vaccine for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), according to a report by Reuters.
So far Harrisvaccines has shipped about 770,000 doses of is new vaccine that treats a deadly swine virus first detected in U.S. herds this year, which has spread to 20 states.
The vaccine, called “iPED,” was developed in August. It is one of the first U.S. companies to develop a vaccine to fight the disease....More
The results of a National Pork Board funded study indicates that Stalosan F, a disinfectant powder commonly used in the poultry industry, is not effective at inactivating porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in swine feces on metal surfaces. The review of the research was provided by the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (www.aasv.org).
Influenza requires a year-round diligence to maintain a solid biosecurity plan. Whether you’re on your own farm or attending a pig show, it pays to go back to the basics.
Periodically review herd health programs with your veterinarian to ensure that they are up to date and effective.
For recommended biosecurity measures, go to pork.org/flu....More
To clean up sow breed-to-wean herds when they turn positive for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) in the fall, the Pipestone (MN) Veterinary Clinic has developed best practices to be incorporated into a standard protocol for disease elimination in its production network. It’s called the Pipestone System. The goal for each newly infected farm is to follow this protocol to eliminate the field virus, said Joel Nerem, DVM, Pipestone Veterinary Clinic (PVC)....More
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are stepping up their efforts to help fight deadly swine viruses that are prevalent in other countries and pose a threat to the United States....More
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance this week on two proposals aimed at limiting the use of antibiotics in food animals in an attempt to address growing concerns about antimicrobial resistance in humans. As www.meatingplace.com reported, the move came amid a growing debate about whether the use of antibiotics on the farm is creating resistance to medicine. FDA says it does, and that the use of antibiotics in animal production needs to be limited to only therapeutic uses and not for growth promotion. The meat industry continues to point to the inconclusive link between animal antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance, emphasizing that producers are already judicious when it comes to antibiotic use....More
News that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking steps to help phase out the use of certain antimicrobial drugs as growth promoters in livestock means there’s now a timeframe in place for livestock producers to adjust production practices, says Kansas State University veterinarian Mike Apley....More
The American Meat Institute (AMI) has issued a statement in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s publication of the final Guidance 213 and proposed Veterinary Feed Directive rule implementing the policy of extending veterinary oversight and eliminating the subtherapeutic (routine) use of medically important antibiotics in animal agriculture....More
To assist producers and their veterinarians in the management, control and potential elimination of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), the National Pork Board funded key research projects to better understand the disease. In order to provide timely information to producers from those projects, the objectives and initial updates will be periodically reported....More
Building on a 10-year history as the International Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) Symposium, the Pork Checkoff recently cosponsored the 2013 North American PRRS Symposium in Chicago. The meeting drew 200 participants from across North America and beyond to share the latest research and insights into PRRS. The disease costs the U.S. pork industry $664 million per year or $115/sow, according to previous research by Iowa State University....More
The Animal Health Institute (AHI) issued a statement today in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s publication of the final Guidance 213 and proposed VFD rule implementing the policy of extending veterinary oversight and eliminating the subtherapeutic use of medical important antibiotics in animal agriculture....More
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that it is implementing a plan to help phase out the use of medically important antimicrobials in food animals for food production purposes, such as to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency. The plan would also phase in veterinary oversight of the remaining appropriate therapeutic uses of such drugs....More