Research studies involving porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome transmission and monitoring are the focus areas for the 2005 Advancement in PRRS Research Awards that Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica sponsors. This marks the fourth consecutive year that BIV has provided three $25,000 research grants to independent swine researchers and practitioners to investigate new ways to control, manage and eradicate PRRS.

Jens Kjaer, BIV's swine sales and marketing director, says past PRRS research results have contributed to the pork industry's comprehensive knowledge in managing this disease.  "Sound, practical research is critical to developing on-farm solutions to PRRS," Kjaer explains. "Research in virus transmission and monitoring will augment research in other areas to help veterinarians and producers solve many of PRRS' mysteries and to improve swine production."
The three recipients of the 2005 BIV Advancement in PRRS Research Awards and their areas of research are:

  • Scott Dee, DVM, University of Minnesota, will evaluate air-filtration systems to prevent PRRSV transmission by aerosol.
  • Paul Yeske, DVM, Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, Minn. will study the use blood samples collected during tail docking to monitor piglet status for PRRS viremia and assess the breeding herd's stability, as well as pig flow status relative to PRRS.
  • R.B. Baker, DVM, North Carolina State University, will research stable flies' roles in transmitting PRRS from recently infected pigs to naïve pigs in a controlled model. He'll also evaluate the potential risk factor of stable flies in transmitting PRRS during spring and autumn seasons.

These research studies were selected from numerous proposals submitted by graduate students, academic researchers, company and private researchers, as well as practicing veterinarians. 

An independent PRRS Research and Review Board conducted the review and selection process based on: 1) potential for economic impact to the pork industry, 2) originality and scientific quality, 3) probability of success in completing the study within a year.
"It's imperative that all industry partners work together to address the challenges and find solutions to production problems," says Kjaer.      

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