Scientists use new method to help reduce piglet mortality

Preweaning mortality costs the U.S. pork industry an estimated $1.6 billion each year, and one of the contributing factors is deficient colostrum intake by piglets. To help increase newborn piglets' survival, USDA scientists have developed a new method that predicts animals' mortality and nursing ability. FULL STORY »

Kansas State Swine Day slated for Nov. 15

The one-day event will feature a technology trade show, as well as presentations focused on current research relevant to pork production. The event begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Kansas State Alumni Center in Manhattan, Kan. FULL STORY »

Producers and workers shouldn’t overlook flu shots

With flu season again upon us, the National Pork Board’s pork checkoff reminds pork producers, farm personnel and others who have contact with pigs to get their seasonal flu vaccination as soon as possible to help protect human and pig health. FULL STORY »

Kansas Senator criticizes NBAF project delay

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) prompted a call for action at a Senate committee hearing last week to approve funding for the new National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). FULL STORY »

Harrisvaccines receives H3N2 swine influenza vaccine license

The vaccine is the first to be licensed by the USDA Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB) that utilizes RNA Particle Technology. This groundbreaking platform allows for the manufacture of vaccines without ever isolating a live virus from infected animals. FULL STORY »

Beware the fair (and petting zoos)

A new article in Zoonoses and Public Health highlights illnesses caused by petting zoos and the like. Veterinarians can play an important role in their communities when children come in contact with farm animals at fairs, petting zoos and even in the classroom. FULL STORY »

Antibiotic-resistant pathogens persist in antibiotic-free pigs

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found identical strains of antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter Coli (C. coli) in both antibiotic-free (ABF) and conventionally raised pigs. This finding may indicate that these antibiotic-resistant pathogens can persist regardless of a pork producer's antimicrobial use. FULL STORY »

Looming global water crisis an 'urgent security issue'

With a billion new mouths to feed, the world will need the equivalent of 20 Nile Rivers by 2025 to grow enough food to avoid conflicts over water scarcity, a new report from a group of former world leaders says. FULL STORY »

NAHMS Swine 2012 Study enters phase II

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has completed phase I of the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) focused on swine. It is now entering phase II, and organizers need pork producers’ help. FULL STORY »

Take steps now to reduce influenza risk

With human cases of H3N2 influenza virus, reportedly contracted from pigs at fairs this summer, pork producers are turning their attention to prevention measures among employees and in their herds. FULL STORY »

The impact of PRRS on the cost of pig production

One of the most prominent health issues in the pork industry is the porcine reproductive and repository syndrome virus (PRRSv). It causes extended days to market for growing pigs and reproductive problems in the breeding herd. FULL STORY »

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