The Animal Health Institute (AHI), which represents animal health drug sponsors, has issued the following statement regarding Monday’s report by the Centers for Disease Control on antibiotic resistance threats in the United States....More
Overprescribing antibiotics to Americans is fueling the rapid growth of antibiotic-resistant infections in the United States, according to a report released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov.) from CBS News.
More than two million people in the United States get drug-resistant infections annually. About 23,000 die from these diseases that are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics in doctors' arsenals....More
Iowa State University’s (ISU) development of a new diagnostic test for porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus, a costly disease discovered for the first time in the United States this spring, will provide a crucial tool in early detection of the virus....More
“Bridging the Gap Between Animal Health and Human Health” is a conference designed to bring together those within agriculture, human medicine and the environmental communities to resolve antimicrobial use and resistance concerns.
The symposium will be held Nov. 12-14, 2013 at the Kansas City Airport Marriott in Kansas City, MO. Complete program details and registration information can be found at www.animalagriculture.org. or by calling (800) 237-7193....More
The Plum Island Animal Disease Center just off the tip of New York’s Long Island protects U.S. pork producers from the deadly threat of foreign animal diseases (FADs). Researchers on the 840-acre island find solutions and safeguards to safeguard the future of U.S. food animal production and America’s food security....More
A number of inaccurate media reports surfaced after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an Aug. 22 report, “U.S. GAO - Food Safety: More Disclosure and Data Needed to Clarify Impact of Changes to Poultry and Hog Inspections.”
The GAO report details findings about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) new inspection procedures that have been piloted in poultry and swine slaughter plants since 1998....More
Fall manure application this year is cause for concern as pork producers need to be aware of the risk of spreading porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus through equipment used to pump and apply manure on land, says Larry Jacobson, Extension agricultural engineer at the University of Minnesota.
The concern exists for all farms but especially those with pigs exhibiting clinical signs of the disease....More
A new porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) vaccine, developed by Ohio State University (OSU) researchers, uses biodegradable nanoparticles to deliver an inactivated virus intranasally....More
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus remains a very important disease of swine in the United States. At the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, hundreds of samples are routinely tested for this virus by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) every month. This test can differentiate between the two main types of PRRS virus: the European type and the North American type. Both types have been described in the United States....More
Data from Steve Tousignant, DVM, at the National PRRS virus Incidence Project at the University of Minnesota, documents that annual epidemics of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome are repeatable.
This is evidenced by a study that recorded the number of new PRRS virus cases in 370 sow herds across 14 unique production systems. For the past four years, the number of new cases on a weekly basis was expected to dramatically rise in mid-October (see graph)....More
Pork industry groups have convened transport and packing plant biosecurity meetings as part of a larger effort to implement measures to control and potentially eliminate porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus, according to Harry Snelson, DVM, director of communications for the American Association of Swine Veterinarians....More
In an effort to enhance statewide feral hog abatement, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples announced two grants totaling $55,000 were awarded to Texas counties.
Grant funds were made available through the Texas Department of Agriculture’s County Hog Abatement Matching Program (CHAMP), which supports the development of low-cost, high-return, regionally-coordinated programs that leverage local resources to combat the growing feral hog population in Texas....More
With current vaccines of limited value in the fight against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), a National Taiwan University (NTU) team took a different tact. They developed transgenic bananas to orally vaccinate swine against PRRS, which they consider a major breakthrough with great economic potential, the Republic of China National Science Council (NSC) said July 17....More
Porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus is often compared to transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE). But pork producers are quickly learning if they let their guard down, this virus shows just how much more of a challenge it can be....More
Despite the apparent conflict over antibiotic use in livestock production, the opinions of producers, veterinarians and regulatory officials are not all that far apart when their goals are compared....More
Today’s research review of beta agonists in Taking Stock by the American Society of Animal Scientists (www.asas.org)
reiterates that the growth promotants used in cattle and swine production, are safe to use for food production. A former USA official believes beta agonists can help improve global food security.
When animals consume feed, they partition the extra energy into fat cells. When cattle and swine are given beta agonists, they partition the extra energy into muscle instead of fat....More
Still calling itself the largest restaurant seller of responsibly raised meat, Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill insists it has not changed its standards for responsibly raised beef, chicken and pork. The goal is that these products continue to come from animals that are never given antibiotics or added hormones....More