Seasonal boar infertility occurs worldwide and contributes to economic loss to the pork industry. Summer infertility of boars has been correlated to elevated ambient temperatures and the resulting increase in scrotal temperature....More
PRRS Host Genetics Consortium aims to identify genomic markers and pathways associated with host response to PRRSV infection; markers that could be used for genetic selection of pigs for increased resistance or reduced susceptibility to the virus....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
The risk of introduction of high impact exotic diseases in the United States requires a lot of attention, however the economic burden that endemic diseases cause to swine producers represent a much more immediate problem for the industry....More
Novel findings from the Pregnant Gilt Model will contribute to the development of genetic lines that are more resilient to reproductive PRRSV, helping to mitigate losses in the event of a reproductive outbreak....More
Hans Stein and his research team from the University of Illinois recently published the results of an experiment to determine the digestibility of amino acids in several rice co-products fed to growing pigs....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.
Researchers from the University of Missouri, Kansas State University and Genus plc have combined efforts to create pigs that are resistant to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus....More
K-State researchers identified a virus as a member of the aptly name pestivirus family from a sample submitted from a swine herd where uncontrollable shaking, or intention tremors, was observed and resulted in the death of nearly 700 pigs....More
Respiratory disease co-infections have become so common that the industry coined the term porcine respiratory disease complex to describe it. Co-infections with more than one virus or bacteria working together synergistically with environmental stressors cause significantly more damage to pig health and a producer’s ROI than the pathogens would independently....More
SVA is not a new virus, but certainly something has changed as we are beginning to see many more cases associated with it than what has been seen historically. In fact, it has been shown that currently circulating strains are significantly different than historical isolates....More
Narrow profit margins often fuel hog farmers to sharpen their pencils on expenses, but staying proactive during a downturn in the market can keep cutbacks from financially draining a hog farm’s profit in the long run....More
Hog producers are encouraged to closely monitor their pigs for signs of Senecavirus A, symptoms that closely resemble those of foot and mouth disease. If such symptoms appear, tests need to rule out FMD....More
Safe, wholesome animal proteins come from healthy animals. A top priority for America's pig farmers is healthy pigs. Just like humans, pigs get sick and need medical attention. In order to treat sick animals and ensure a healthy environment, pig farmers will seek the medical advisement of the herd’s veterinarians for the best treatment option for the particular health situation. At times, antimicrobials are necessary for the pig’s health. U.S. pig farmers are committed to responsible antibiotic use.
The National Pork Board today debuted a new infographic depicting how U.S. pig farmers work with their veterinarians to use antibiotics responsibly to help keep people, pigs and the planet healthy. ...More