PRRS: Strategies to keep it at bay
For more than 20 years, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome has taken a financial toll on individual producers as well as the pork industry as a whole. Today, it costs the industry $664 million a year to live with PRRS. Translate that to a daily cost and it adds up to $1.8 million.
Over those 20 years, research has told us much about tackling this virus. There are now nearly two dozen PRRS Area Regional Control and Elimination projects underway across the United States providing even more information.
New answers are surfacing about virus transmission and biosecurity measures that can help you keep PRRS out of your herd. Dr. Scott Dee will present insights into what we’ve learned and options for implementing a systematic program to your operation.
You'll learn about:
• How PRRSV virus is transmitted
• A review of scientifically validated biosecurity protocols
• Special emphasis on air filtration to reduce airborne risk
• New risk factors for virus spread between farms
Who should attend:
• University types
Dr. Scott Dee, DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate
Dr. Scott Dee is a world-renowned expert on PRRS virus transmission, biosecurity and aerobiology. For more than 20 years he has applied in-field experience and scientific research to study the PRRS virus and find answers for producers and veterinarians. Dee joined the Pipestone Veterinary Clinic in Pipestone, Minn., in July of 2011. He started his career as a swine practitioner in Morris, Minn., where he practiced for 12 years. Prior to joining the Pipestone Clinic, he spent 12 years as a professor at the University of Minnesota where he conducted research in the areas of PRRS virus transmission and biosecurity.
Marlys Miller, Editor, Pork magazine
Marlys Miller grew up on swine farm in Southern Minnesota and has 30 years of experience reporting on the U.S. pork industry. She joined Pork magazine in 1987 and was named Editor-in-Chief in 1995. Miller currently oversees the editorial content of Pork magazine, and spearheads content for the Pork Network website and related e-newsletters. Miller is an American Agricultural Editor’s Association Master Writer and has won seven American Business Media Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards and five Certificates of Merit for editorial excellence.