A recent report claims genetically modified organisms pose no health concerns to humans who consume products made from such crops. Though a victory for modern agriculture, the battle is far from over....More
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized a rule that revises its annual reporting requirements for drug sponsors of all antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in animals intended for human consumption or food-producing animals....More
Fact sheets are now available to help hog producers and feed delivery personnel gain a better understanding of major swine diseases and the biosecurity practices that will minimize the risk of pathogen transmission during feed deliveries....More
During the consideration of the $147.7 billion FY ’17 agriculture appropriations bill by the House Appropriations Committee there were a number of key issues debated and will likely be considered again if and when the bill goes before the House of Representatives....More
Gene-edited pigs have been raised in a research setting and they appear perfectly healthy, grow at rates similar to pigs in production, and reproduce normally. While this sounds great, a number of things must happen before producers can expect to acquire similar animals on their farms....More
Antibiotic use on U.S. livestock farms is going to change due consumer perceptions of mis- or overuse, as well as because of the continued growth of antibiotic resistance.
How did we get to this point, and where do we go from here? Will livestock producers have to say goodbye to all antibiotics in their operations? The short answer is, no. Animal health experts agree that complete removal of antibiotics would create negative animal welfare issues.
The National Pork Board will host the annual Pork Management Conference, June 14-17, in Clearwater, Fla., for producers to gain insight on industry trends and financial management practices to improve the performance and efficiency of their operation....More
African swine fever is an emerging disease threat for the swine industry worldwide. No ASF vaccine is available, and progress is hindered by lack of knowledge concerning the extent of ASFV strain diversity and the viral antigens responsible for protection in the pig. Available data from vaccination/challenge experiments in pigs indicate ASF protective immunity may be hemadsorption inhibition serotype-specific....More
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine took the first step toward rescinding its approval of the use of carbadox to treat swine because the drug may leave trace amounts of a carcinogenic residue....More
The nation’s two main hog producer organizations welcomed the findings of a White House advisory panel in a report issued last week offering recommendations for addressing antibiotic-resistant bacteria....More
The President’s Advisory Committee on Combating Antibiotic-Resistance Bacteria reviewed a draft report to determine progress since President Obama issued the “National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.”...More
The USDA’s Animal and Plant and Health Inspection Service will end reimbursement of the costs related to testing of samples for SECD, including PEDV, for samples received by participating diagnostic labs after April 30....More