Diseases

Virginia Tech veterinary researcher focuses on PCV2

Shannon Matzinger is using a postdoctoral fellowship through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2). FULL STORY »

Recent PEDv surge may bode ill for 2014 hog supplies

Late summer and early fall hog slaughter fell well below expectations based upon recent USDA Hogs & Pigs reports, thereby playing a major role in boosting swine and pork prices to record highs for this time of year. FULL STORY »

Scientists trace PEDv to China

A virus deadly to baby pigs that has roiled the U.S. pork industry likely originated in the Anhui Province of China and may have evolved from a virus seen in bats, according to a report by veterinary researchers at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. FULL STORY »

ISU receives grant for PRRS research

Iowa State University has been awarded a $100,000 grant from Zoetis for research on porcine respiratory and reproductive syndrome (PRRS). The study will focus on virus characterization and immunobiology. FULL STORY »

AVMA thanks USDA for reopening program

Employees responsible for verifying and releasing animal vaccines are now allowed them to work during the government shutdown, thanks to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. FULL STORY »

Surprising Hogs & Pigs Report

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued its Quarterly Hogs & Pigs Report last Friday and there were a few surprises, including higher-than-expected pig numbers. FULL STORY »

$75,000 available for PRRS research

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. has called for proposals for the 2014 Advancement in PRRS Research Awards. Three awards will be presented next year. FULL STORY »

Guidelines for diagnosis of PEDV

Accurate diagnosis through proper testing is essential to know a herd’s infection status, whether for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus or any other disease. FULL STORY »

New PEDV biosecurity guidelines available

Fall manure pumping and application season is a particularly critical time to follow strict guidelines to help prevent the spread of PEDV. FULL STORY »

FLEXcombo 250 doses HSB swine vaccine introduced

The new vaccine is FLEXcombo 250 doses HSB swine vaccine. The Circovirus and M. hyo vaccine package features a larger M. hyo bottle for easier mixing. FULL STORY »

New test detects PEDV antibodies

The new test is the first to become available in the United States that can detect antibodies for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV), whether or not a pig is shedding the virus. FULL STORY »

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