Diseases

PRRS vaccine now available in 100-dose vial

Swine veterinarians and producers can use fewer bottles of Ingelvac PRRS MLV to vaccinate their pigs and breeding herds against porcine reproductive and respiratory (PRRS) virus with the availability of a new 100-dose vial. FULL STORY »

H3N2 raises watchful eye, not red flags

With many county and state fairs underway, human and animal health officials are closely monitoring the prospects of H3N2 influenza virus exposure between swine and humans. As of the Aug. 3, 29 people had been identified with the virus since July 2011. Twenty-three individuals reported contact with swine prior to the onset of illness, 19 cases were associated with fairs. FULL STORY »

Emerging Transboundary Animal Diseases Workshop, Sept. 17-19

Early registration for Emerging Transboundary Animal Diseases Workshop to be held in Ames, Iowa, ends August 10. FULL STORY »

NBAF: Weighing the options

We need the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), but given the need to cut government spending, should we consider less-comprehensive but less-costly options? That is the focus of a report the National Academies of Science (NAS) released last week titled “Meeting Critical Laboratory Needs For Animal Agriculture: Examination of Three Options.” FULL STORY »

AFBF: FDA’s antibiotic proposals lack science

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) emphasizes that there have been no peer-reviewed scientific studies to support the theory that judicious use of antibiotics in livestock increases antibiotic resistance in humans. Also, there is no data to indicate that limiting antibiotic use in livestock decreases human health problems with antibiotic resistance. FULL STORY »

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 »

Regional PRRS Project meeting set for July 16

A Voluntary Regional Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) Elimination Project meeting will be held July 16 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 State Highway 329, Morris, Minn. 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 »

International PRRS Symposium set for Nov. 29-30

The International PRRS Symposium is an annual public meeting hosted by the PRRS Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP) and National Pork Board (NPB). The symposium will bring together an international group of researchers, students, swine health specialists, companies and producers. FULL STORY »

More insight into FDA’s antibiotic guidance

With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) guidance on antibiotic use in food-animal production, some confusion and many questions have surfaced. The new guidance calls for voluntary suspension of antimicrobial use for growth promotion purposes and more veterinary oversight in the form of Veterinary Feed Directives (VFD). Representatives from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and the Animal Health Institute (AHI) provided perspective this week. FULL STORY »

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