Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome is an elusive virus that has been challenging the pork industry’s best minds for the past 20 years. Research and real-world experiences continue to provide answers, although there continues to be no shortage of questions.

The key today is that new tools and information are being developed and used in different ways. More and more risk factors are being identified, which leads to more focused prevention, treatment and control efforts. Nearly two dozen pilot projects in multiple states involving producers and veterinarians are working within the Area Regional Control and Elimination efforts and are providing insights for the industry as a whole.

On Dec. 21, a free webinar-- “PRRS: Strategies to keep it at bay”—will feature Dr. Scott Dee, world-renown expert on PRRS transmission, biosecurity and aerobiology. Pork Magazine will host the 1-hour webinar, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. Central Time.  

Among the information Dr. Dee will present during the webinar are insights into:

  • How PRRS virus is transmitted.
  • A review of scientifically validated biosecurity protocols.
  • Air filtration as a way to reduce risk of airborne transmission of the virus.
  • New risk factors for virus spread between farms.

In recent months PRRS outbreaks have surfaced in Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa herds. The trigger remains unknown, and that has sparked new questions. The webinar will conclude with an open question-and-answer session.

Certainly on an individual basis, PRRS is a costly disease. Iowa State University’s latest study reveals that on an industry basis PRRS costs $664 million annually. Broken down further, that’s $1.8 million per day.  

The Dec. 21 webinar is free and available to all interested parties and will prove particularly beneficial to producers, veterinarians, pork production managers and employees. The hour-long event will begin at 10:30 a.m. Central Time. Registration is easy and available here.

More about Dr. Scott Dee:

Dr. Scott Dee, DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate, is a globally recognized expert on PRRS virus. For more than 20 years he has applied in-field experience and scientific research to study the PRRS virus and find answers for producers and veterinarians. Dee joined the Pipestone Veterinary Clinic in Pipestone, Minn., in July of 2011. He started his career as a swine practitioner in Morris, Minn., where he practiced for 12 years. Prior to joining the Pipestone Clinic, he spent 12 years as a professor at the University of Minnesota where he conducted research in the areas of PRRS virus transmission and biosecurity.