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 »

FDA drug action on hold

Last week the FDA backed off its original intent to withdraw certain antimicrobials from food-animals. FULL STORY »

Still time to register for PRRS webinar, Dec. 21

You can still sign up to participate in Pork Network’s free webinar-- “PRRS: Strategies to keep it at bay.” The hour-long session will take place on Wed., Dec. 21, at 10:30 a.m (Central Time). FULL STORY »

Animal Traceability Rule comments end; awaiting the next step

USDA’s comment period for the proposed national livestock identification program came to a close on Dec. 9. NPPC supports a mandatory traceability program and submitted comments on behalf of the Swine Identification Implementation Task Force. FULL STORY »

Webinar for answers to PRRS, Dec. 21

On Dec. 21, a free webinar-- “PRRS: Strategies to keep it at bay”—will feature Dr. Scott Dee, world-renown expert on PRRS transmission, biosecurity and aerobiology. FULL STORY »

A deeper look at antibiotic use in food animals

There is no shortage of opinions regarding antibiotic use in food-animal production. However, scientific facts are harder to come by. To bridge that gap, the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) released a White Paper, summarizing presentations and more from its "Antibiotic Use in Food Animals: A Dialogue for Common Purpose" symposium held this fall. FULL STORY »

CDC: Transmission of H3N2 virus limited

On Nov. 20, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed three cases of swine-origin triple reassortant influenza A (H3N2) (S-OtrH3N2) virus infection in children in two counties in Iowa. FULL STORY »

Minnesota regional PRRS meeting, Dec. 5

To update pork producers on voluntary regional efforts to control porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus and to encourage participation, a meeting will be Dec. 5, in Prinsburg, Minn. FULL STORY »

Rep. Slaughter challenges FDA on antibiotic inaction

It’s no secret that Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) is on a dedicated mission to change the way Americans use antibiotics, particularly involving farm animals. This week, she sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, criticizing the agency's inaction. FULL STORY »

‘Tis the flu season

As we enter influenza season in humans and swine, it is important to remember the importance of vaccination and other control measures (such as frequent hand washing) to minimize the risk of viral spread. FULL STORY »

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