Prevention/Treatment

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 »

Pork producers urged to learn about PRRS elimination project

Pork producers who are interested in voluntary regional efforts to control PRRS virus are invited to a Regional PRRS Elimination meeting on Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at the U of M West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 State Hwy. 329, Morris, Minn. FULL STORY »

New technologies emerge in the battle against PRRS

Research scientists are constantly evaluating technologies for their effectiveness in controlling the spread of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS). Throughout the research process PRRS modified live vaccine virus was applied to two groups of different surfaces and materials commonly seen in a pork production unit. 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 »

Farm and ranch groups want USDA to extend animal ID comment period

Animal identification is among more controversial topics to span across the animal agriculture sector. Now, 49 advocacy groups are asking USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to extend the public comment period for a proposed animal identification rule designed to improve the traceability of livestock moving interstate. 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 »

Antibiotic debate gets new life

While it never really went away, the debate surrounding antibiotic use in food-animals is getting renewed attention. The recent recall involving ground turkey and a University of Maryland study on organic chicken are among the recent news items that are breathing new life into the issue. FULL STORY »

Pig lameness solutions could save $23 million annually

Understanding and solving lameness challenges in pigs could save pork producers as a whole $23 million a year. To assist in finding answers, USDA’s Agriculture Food Research Initiative presented a four-year, $700,000 grant to investigate the issue. 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 »

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