Researcher optimistic on battle against PRRS Play video

While porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is still costing the U.S. pork industry about $1.8 million per day, there are reasons to be optimistic about the future, says Derald Holtkamp, DVM, Iowa State University. He cites regional PRRS virus elimination programs and herd closure and rollover methodology as positive steps in eliminating the virus. FULL STORY »

FAO and OIE outline global FMD-free strategy

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) have announced an initiative to combat foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) on a global scale. The two groups outlined a detailed strategy to bring it under control and work toward a global FMD-free objective. FULL STORY »

Future of swine production leads IPVS meeting

The 22nd International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) Congress in Jeju, South Korea, revealed the latest program of activities aimed at transforming livestock production. FULL STORY »

Symposium focuses on African Swine Fever

Scientists from around the world participated in Kansas State University’s Biosecurity Research Institute May 15-17 taking a global look at the highly contagious viral disease, African swine fever (ASF). FULL STORY »

S.C. wages war on feral hogs

Last week, South Carolina joined the ranks of states that are adopting an increasingly hard line to control feral hog populations. Specifically, a state House bill (H.4943), would allow night hunting and more of feral hogs, coyotes and armadillos from March through June. FULL STORY »

Michigan’s feral swine control spurs wild debate

Things are heating up surrounding the Invasive Species Order (ISO) initiated in Michigan to address the exploding feral pig population. FULL STORY »

Online CE course on foreign animal disease

The web-based course, Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals (EEDA), will be offered July 10 – August 18, 2012. The course has been approved for 18 hours of continuing education through RACE. FULL STORY »

Consult your veterinarian when developing biosecurity plan

Biosecurity risks are unique to each farm and the best plans are developed by working with a swine veterinarian who has extensive knowledge of the farm, workers and local risk factors. FULL STORY »

Brucellosis raises red flag in N.C. feral swine

For the first time since testing began several years ago, feral pigs in North Carolina have tested positive for Brucella suis, an important and harmful bacteria that can be transmitted to domestic pigs and people. FULL STORY »

Feral swine on Michigan’s invasive species list

For more than a year, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has allowed a “shoot-on-sight” provision associated with feral swine. However, now the DNR’s invasive species designation, which passed last October, will be enforced as a further attempt to control the feral species and protect the domestic swine herd. FULL STORY »

ASF triggers major hog culling in Russia

Russia has been dealing with African swine fever (ASF) in its swine herd since 2007 and the virus keeps marching across the country. Now, a southern Russian farm had to slaughter all 30,736 of its pigs because of ASF FULL STORY »

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