Get Smart About Antibiotics Week – not just for humans

This week (Nov. 12-18) is “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week” promoted by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). The food-animal veterinary side is also working diligently to use antibiotics prudently and effectively to combat disease while preventing antimicrobial resistance as much as possible. FULL STORY »

What you need to know about influenza Play video

Jennifer Koeman, National Pork Board’s director of producer and public health, offers tips to protect people and pigs as influenza season gets underway. She also explains virus strains and how they get their names. FULL STORY »

Joint effort will explore alternative to antibiotics

A unique two-year research project is being undertaken by Diamond V and the National Animal Disease Center (NADC) of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to identify alternatives to traditional antibiotics for use in farm animals; the study will focus on swine. FULL STORY »

2012 harvest concerns? Call the mycotoxin hotline

As livestock producers begin to examine this year’s harvest, many feed quality questions are coming up. Is this mold? Should I be worried about aflatoxins, DON or other toxins? A toll-free hotline is available and ready to discuss mycotoxin concerns on this year’s harvest. FULL STORY »

Dissecting the seasonality of PRRS

The porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus has been challenging pork producers and veterinarians for nearly three decades. Two University of Minnesota veterinary researchers are working to determine whether PRRS season is a real or imagined phenomenon. FULL STORY »

Farrowing room attendants reduce piglet mortality

Pre-weaning mortality costs the U.S. pork industry an estimated $1.6 billion each year, according to USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists. However, with close attention to the birthing process and newborn piglets by farrowing room attendants mortality losses can be significantly reduced. FULL STORY »

MF Global collapse, one year later, still haunts futures industry

Billy Hunt is a veteran Chicago trader who specializes in the riskiest type of options deals. Yet it's the supposedly safe money in his brokerage account that keeps him up at night. FULL STORY »

Harrisvaccines gets $1.114 million to develop FMD vaccine

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has awarded Harrisvaccines, Ames, Iowa, a $1.114 million contract to develop an RNA Particle (RP) vaccine in an effort to protect the United States from foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). FULL STORY »

Waxman bill wants antibiotic transparency

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., announced this week that he will introduce legislation to increase information on the amount and use of antibiotics in animals raised for human consumption. He is calling it the “Delivering Antibiotic Transparency in Animals Act” or DATA Act. FULL STORY »

PorkBridge educational series schedule announced

PorkBridge is a distance educational program that provides relevant and timely information to those involved with grow-finish swine operations and consists of six teleconference sessions conducted by industry experts. FULL STORY »

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 »

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