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 »

CAST: Animal health and food safety are linked Play video

The health of the animals within the food animal production system impacts many aspects of the system far removed from the animals, according to the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST). Policymakers and consumers carefully need to consider their recommendations on how livestock should be raised because animal health is closely linked to public health, FULL STORY »

Second phase of NAHMS swine study begins Sept. 10

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has completed phase 1 of the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) Swine 2012 study. Producers will be invited to participate in phase 2, which entails completing a 45-minute interview on swine health and management. FULL STORY »

Spanish language PQA Plus and TQA certification, Sept 7

Pork producers in and around Minnesota may want to take note of a Spanish language certification trainings for Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) and Transport Quality Assurance (TQA). FULL STORY »

BIVI accepting 2013 PRRS Research Proposals

For the last 10 years, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) has contributed $75,000 annually through its Advancement in PRRS Research Awards to fund three selected research programs. The company is soliciting research proposals for 2013. FULL STORY »

Out-of-feed events increase costs, reduce performance

Even with record-high feed costs, make sure you keep the feed flowing, say industry experts. Out-of-feed events only compound the problem of high-priced feed by reducing pig performance and slowing time to market. FULL STORY »

Regional PRRS Elimination Project meeting Sept. 10

The meeting will be held Sept. 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Community Center in Prinsburg, Minn. and will include current site status and updated maps of the four sub-regions - Stevens County Area, Kandiyohi/Renville County Area, Rice Area and Northwest Minnesota. FULL STORY »

Prairie Swine Centre releases annual research report

The Prairie Swine Centre, located near Saskatoon, has just released the 2011 edition of the Annual Research Report which provides insight into a wide range of industry challenges and opportunities. FULL STORY »

NBAF: The reviews are done and it’s time to act

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., makes no bones about it. The time is now to continue with funding and the construction of the new National Bio and Agro Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kan. Roberts points to a trip to Russia and a mock foot-and-mouth disease exercise as demonstrating the urgent need for a biosafety level 4 laboratory to replace the aging Plum Island, N.Y., facility. FULL STORY »

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