Biosecurity

Commentary: Traceability is like a bad penny

Animal identification is like a bad penny, it just keeps coming back around. But unlike that penny, animal ID/traceback is becoming increasingly valuable in the marketplace and not having an all-inclusive program is becoming increasingly risky. FULL STORY »

Spronk receives Allen D. Leman Science in Practice award

Gordon Spronk, DVM, Pipestone, Minn., received the 2011 Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award. Created in honor of Allen D. Leman, DVM, the award honors individuals who have made a significant impact on swine health management research. FULL STORY »

Minnesota PRRS elimination meeting, Sept. 12

The effort to eliminate the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus started with a project around Morris, Minn. Now Minnesota is adding one more to the total of two dozen PRRS Area Regional Control and Elimination projects underway across the United States. FULL STORY »

Can you identify FMD in swine?

To assist veterinarians and pork producers, a new Foot Mouth Disease Pocket Guide includes laminated pictures of FMD symptoms in swine and feral swine, and more what steps to take. FULL STORY »

PRRS price tag, $664 million

For nearly 20 years, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome has taken a financial toll on individual producers as well as the industry as a whole. A new study updates the costly impact. FULL STORY »

Plan to attend 2011 Leman Swine Conference

Each year the University of Minnesota Veterinary College presents the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, to provide “Science-driven solutions” to veterinarians, consultants, producers and others committed to the pork industry. This year’s events will take place Sept. 17-20, in St. Paul, Minn. FULL STORY »

USDA proposes animal disease traceability rule

A new animal identification proposal has surfaced out of the halls of USDA, specifically from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The newly proposed rule is designed to establish general regulations for improving the traceability of U.S. livestock moving interstate when animal disease events surface. FULL STORY »

Russia’s African Swine Fever outlook worsens

Russia’s encounter with African Swine Fever began earlier this year, and the future prognosis is not good. Current reports indicate that the virus has been identified in 20 of the country’s regions. FULL STORY »

South Korea to set new FMD regulations, expand pork imports

Officials in South Korea are continuing their efforts to ensure that food-and-mouth disease stays out of the country’s animal herd in the future. Now, officials there are requiring anyone entering South Korea who have visited a farm or livestock market in a country with a current or previous case of FMD or avian influenza will have to report their visit FULL STORY »

ASF spreads beyond Russia, raises global concerns

There is growing concern that African swine fever is moving beyond Russia and the Caucasus region and could move into Europe. There have been an increasing number of "long-distance jumps," causing outbreaks this year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Keep your FAD guard up

When Americans think of issues involving border patrols, they think of drugs or human trafficking, but almost no one thinks about meat as illegal contraband. Yet such activities run the risk of exposing the U.S. wild and domestic animal herds to foreign animal diseases. FULL STORY »

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