Diseases

New procedures help diagnose Mycoplasma-associated arthritis

Data from the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (ISU-VDL) shows that diagnosis of Mycoplasma hyosynoviae and Mycoplasma hyorhinis-associated arthritis has increased in swine in the Midwest United States. 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 »

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 »

NRC investigates NBAF options

The National Research Council is conducting a study to review the needs and possible scientific alternatives for a foreign animal and zoonotic disease research laboratory in the United States. The committee's first meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 13, in Washington, D.C. FULL STORY »

Antibiotic use in pork production is overblown

Antibiotic use in food-animal production gets a lot of attention, but accuracy doesn’t always follow. To better determine the amount of antibiotics actually used in pork production, a team of researchers investigated the topic and found past estimates excessive. FULL STORY »

Veterinarians speak out on antibiotic use in animal agriculture

Nearly a week has passed since a federal judge in New York ruled that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must start taking action on certain antibiotic usage in animal agriculture. As the dust clears, and evaluations have taken place, veterinarians associated with food-animal production are speaking up. FULL STORY »

BIVI names 2012 PRRS Research Award recipients

Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) remains a costly challenge to the global pork industry. FULL STORY »

Erysipelas cases on the rise

Producers should work with their veterinarians to decide the best course of therapy for each situation and to properly document all treatment information as outlined in the PQA Plus guidelines, FULL STORY »

Researchers identify PRRS genetic marker

A consortium of scientists from around the country has discovered a genetic marker in pigs that identifies whether or not the animal has a reduced susceptibility to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS). FULL STORY »

NPB identifies 2012 research projects for funding

Each year, the National Pork Board's six producer-led science and technology committees meet to identify and prioritize research needs and funding allocations. This year, the participants reviewed more than 100 proposals, and selected those that would were deemed to offer the greatest benefit to the overall industry 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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