Prevention/Treatment

PRRS vaccine provides new prevention tool

Fostera PRRS, a modified-live vaccine for growing pigs, brings a new high standard of innovation to the costly battle against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) respiratory disease. 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 »

Study investigates pigs’ response to in-feed antibiotics

Antibiotics in pig feed increased the number of antibiotic resistant genes in gastrointestinal microbes in pigs, according to a study by Michigan State University and USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS). But researchers point out that longer term studies are needed to learn more. FULL STORY »

Resistance blame game – humans first?

Livestock have been repeatedly implicated as the source of antimicrobial resistance, but new research from Scotland shows that, at least in the case of Salmonella Typhimurium DT104, resistance profiles are often showing up in humans before animals. Guy Loneragan, BVSc, PhD, offers some information to put this new research in context. 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 »

Scientists urge balance in antimicrobial resistance war

Antimicrobial resistance in humans is often attributed to veterinary use of antimicrobials, but the relative contribution to the problem from animals and humans is poorly understood at the population level, University of Glasgow researchers outline in a new report. FULL STORY »

PRRS research, the cornerstone to solutions

Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) has nagged at the pork industry for more than 20 years. Providing a snapshot of some of the research completed on PRRS, the National Pork Board has a new 40-page PRRS Initiative Research 2004-2011 report. FULL STORY »

Cephalosporin restrictions get mixed reviews

A flurry of activity related to antimicrobial use in animal agriculture took place in the New Year, starting with U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s announcement to limit extra-label use of certain cephalosporin products in cattle, hogs, chickens and turkeys. It’s getting some mixed, but generally positive reviews. FULL STORY »

FDA to end "extra-label" use of some antimicrobials

Antibiotic issues are back in the spotlight as the New Year gets underway. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an order that will prohibit certain uses of the cephalosporin class of antimicrobial drugs in cattle, swine, chickens and turkeys. FULL STORY »

Animal scientists react to FDA antibiotic policy

The FDA announced last week that it would close hearings on the potential risks of “subtherapeutic” antibiotic use in food animals. This announcement means the FDA will no longer pursue the withdrawal of the antibiotics penicillin and tetracycline from use in animal feed. Though some object to the policy change, FDA announcement actually comes at the recommendation of several leading animal scientists. FULL STORY »

PRRS elimination projects utilize PADRAP

Numerous regional porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome control/elimination projects across the country are gaining momentum and most are utilizing Production Animal Disease Risk Assessment Program to help producers see the benefits of participating in the project. FULL STORY »

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