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Apr 01, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Virus persistence challenges PRRS management strategiesEliminating porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) from pigs might not yet be possible, but monitoring tools could help refine a herd's PRRSV stability.
Mar 12, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Better manage your sow herd with uniform body-condition techniqueFeed budgets are based on sow condition and if the herd isn’t uniform, it can lead to higher feed costs.
Feb 09, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on How to tackle mortality-causing lameness in finishing hogsLameness is now the leading cause of mortality in mid- to late-finishing pigs. How did lameness develop into such a big problem?
Nov 30, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Iowa scientists focused on diagnosing, managing Streptococcus suis in pigsMulti-disciplinary collaboration by academia, industry partners and the veterinary community is improving the diagnostics for and management of S. suis.
Nov 24, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Iowa scientist sees ‘a lot of genetic diversity’ in swine influenza virusesAccording to research, swine influenza A viruses have become more complicated in recent years. There is a great deal of diversity within the influenza virus.
Nov 20, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on From veterinarian to forensic detective: Solving a mysterious swine diseaseIn fall 2019, a client called Four Star Veterinary Service clinic in Mexico, IN, and reported the loss of a lot of sows. Daniel Gascho, DVM, had several ideas of what could cause the sow mortalities....
Oct 16, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Genetic diversity makes swine influenza a challenge for producersInfluenza A virus in swine is one of the primary respiratory pathogens challenging swine production systems in the US and around the world.
Sep 15, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Veterinarians answer questions on influenzaWith influenza A virus (IAV-S) in swine continuing to cause performance losses on US pig farms, veterinarians have taken up the mantle to find solutions.
Sep 10, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Can the processing-fluid toolbox expand beyond PRRS?Piglet processing fluids have been shown to be a practical, time-efficient and affordable diagnostic tool for PRRS, and some indications suggest that PCV2 offers promise as well.
Sep 09, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Tracheal sampling for M. hyo may hold new benefitsTracheal sampling is a good way to determine if M. hyo is present in a herd, but it’s an invasive procedure that can be difficult to accomplish.
Jun 28, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Resurgent Mycoplasma hyorhinis causes debilitating arthritis in late finishingInfectious arthritis caused by Mycoplasma hyorhinis is gaining ground in hog units where it infects neonatal pigs and develops into severe lameness in market hogs.
Jun 28, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Pen-side diagnostic comparisons for nursed-off sows and fallback pigsFor both the sow and piglet, an animal that does not perform to its potential or falls behind its counterparts will negatively impact the sow farm’s productivity and profitability.
May 20, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Inadequate iron supplements cause subclinical anemia in weaned pigsThe standard 200 mg iron shot for baby pigs at processing may not be enough iron to last until weaning.
Apr 24, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Study compares PRRSV antibody-sampling options for sowsWhen it comes to porcine reproductive and respiratory virus it’s important for the veterinarian and farm personnel to know the health status of a herd or barn.
Apr 10, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae: New strategies for an old ‘bug’Managing Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyo) is nothing new for US pig veterinarians and producers, but there are a number of new tools available to deal with the bacterium.
Dec 18, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Maintain mycoplasma-negative herds with laryngeal swab tests from incoming giltsSow farms that have eradicated M. hyo must continue surveillance to keep the pathogen out or the results will be devastating.
Oct 20, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Population-based diagnostics pinpoint the power in numbersThe world of diagnostics is expanding. Instead of focusing on individual animals, population-based diagnostics help veterinarians and producers identify the health status of their barns more quickly...
Sep 11, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Processing fluids’ effectiveness in monitoring PCV2 in sow herdsVaccines have provided effective control options for PCV2, but vertical transmission remains a challenge for some farms.
Aug 06, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Processing fluids hold promise for PCV2 testing on sow farmsUnderstanding the pathogen status of a sow herd helps determine the prevention, control and treatment options to protect piglets as they grow. For PCV2 there is no treatment; however, vaccination is...
May 21, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Emerging technologies at AASV: Four new tools to boost efficiencyBetween tight margins and constant herd-health challenges, pork producers are always looking for new ways to increase efficiencies and profits while also increasing transparency.
May 20, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Senecavirus A: Several questions remain unansweredSenecavirus A (SVA) is detected in a pig’s tonsils about 40 days after infection with the virus — a finding that raises some interesting questions.
May 15, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Emerging technologies at AASV: Three cool tools headed to hog farmsThe so-called Internet of Things — that emerging world in which everyday tools like thermostats and doorbells suddenly become indispensable smart devices — is not lost on the pork industry.
May 10, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Simpler, less costly monitoring methods helping pork industry get a better read on PRRSNewer testing methods for the PRRS virus are not only simpler and less costly than traditional procedures, they are also helping farms more accurately track the virus through different production...
Mar 02, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Gene editing offers future options to address swine diseasesWhether the focus is human or animal medicine, gene editing has created a buzz today about its potential for addressing numerous health issues.
Jan 24, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Finding ‘root of the problem’ key in herds with multiple disease challengesNew diagnostic tools have helped the pork industry get a better handle on disease monitoring, but how do you prioritize when multiple pathogens have infected the herd?
Jan 04, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Tails or testicles: Which are better for PRRSV monitoring?Pooled serum samples are a common method to monitor PPRSV in piglets. But this typically involves a limited number of samples, which reduces the sensitivity and makes detection especially challenging...
Sep 17, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on 3D cameras help limit tail biting in pigsA high-tech system which uses 3D cameras to spot tail movements in pigs could soon help farmers identify the early signs of tail biting, scientists in the UK have discovered.
Sep 06, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Dipsticks offer early warning of sow urinary-tract infectionsMinimizing urinary-tract infections is an important step — not only in securing a sow’s overall health but also its productivity and, ultimately, its longevity.
Jul 19, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on SHIC PCR catalog boosts US pork industry’s disease preparednessPork producers and swine veterinarians spend a lot of time and energy monitoring the health status of pigs in their care. But it’s the unknown or emerging diseases that could pose an even larger...
Jul 19, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on PCR falls short in monitoring PRRSV transport biosecurityTransport biosecurity is a growing priority as evidence shows that contaminated livestock trailers are a significant risk in spreading viruses between herds.
Jul 10, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Don’t get complacent with evolving PCV2 virusVaccines for porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) currently do an adequate job of cross protecting against new genotypes of the virus, but swine veterinarians and producers shouldn’t let their guard...