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Oct 14, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on People play a key role in influenza controlFarm staff should be mindful of the role they play in controlling influenza. A University of Minnesota study showed that more than a quarter of farm staff tested influenza-positive at work during...
Oct 12, 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.
Oct 12, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Mycoplasma elimination versus control: What course is best for your farm?TOOLBOX, Issue 22: David A. Baumert, DVM, Senior Area Veterinarian, Pork Technical Services, Zoetis, recently talked with editors of Pig Health Today about Mycoplasma elimination vs control.
Oct 08, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Evaluating risk factors for umbilical defectsOn the farm, swine caregivers tend to lump umbilical hernias and umbilical abscesses under the single category of umbilical defects. What are the risk factors for these defects?
Oct 08, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Internal biosecurity essential to endemic disease control on pig farmsEstablishing effective internal biosecurity protocols is critical to breaking the circular spread of influenza and other pathogens between sow farms and growing sites, according to Montserrat...
Oct 06, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Time for a change? Farms achieve IAV-S-negative pigs after switching to whole-herd vaccinationDISCOVERIES, Issue 29: IAV-S continues to frustrate US pork producers. From respiratory problems to reproductive challenges, this rapidly changing virus negatively impacts productivity and...
Sep 20, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Research continues to dig for POP answersSearching for strategies to alter the course of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) in sows has been a long, slow climb with progress coming little by little. At the heart of the effort is the Sow...
Sep 20, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Rethinking colostrum management and piglet survivabilityColostrum is vital to piglet survival but managing intake may benefit from some fresh thinking, according to Kara Stewart, associate professor of animal science at Purdue University.
Sep 16, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Molecular diagnostic tools help distinguish wild-type and vaccine strains of PRRSVChallenges associated with controlling porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) have resulted in the increased use of molecular diagnostic tests and sequencing.
Sep 15, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Antimicrobial’s unique attributes explain efficacy against key SRD pathogensDISCOVERIES, Issue 12: The eﬃcacy of Draxxin® (tulathromycin) against key swine respiratory disease (SRD) pathogens is largely due to the antimicrobial’s ability to reach and sustain high...
Sep 10, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Sow mortality records need an overhaulThe upward trendline of sow mortality needs to be addressed. But until farms have a clearer understanding of why a gilt or sow leaves the breeding herd, progress will be limited.
Sep 08, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Herd-status classification is first step to Mycoplasma controlBy Lucina Galina Pantoja, DVM, PhD, Director, US Pork Technical Services, Zoetis
Sep 08, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Revised herd classifications expand the PRRS road mapThe system used to classify breeding herds according to their PRRSV status has long helped swine veterinarians around the world to track the pathogen’s progress.
Sep 03, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Understanding which farm factors drive Influenza infectionUS producers and veterinarians have seen an influx of different types of influenza viruses in the last 10 to 15 years, and that is a major reason why influenza is more difficult to control.
Sep 01, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Strep suis continuously challenges US herdsIt’s not unrealistic to say that if you checked the nasal cavities or tonsils of any group of pigs, you would find Strep suis. It is on virtually every hog farm.
Aug 31, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on African swine fever, PRRS among hot topics at 2021 Leman ConferenceOrganizers are excited to hold the 2021 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference in-person as well as virtually, on Sept. 18-21 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Aug 15, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Novel machine-learning tool can predict PRRSV outbreaks and biosecurity effectivenessIn spite of advanced biosecurity protocols, the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) continues to plague global pork producers with unpredictable, seasonal outbreaks.
Aug 13, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Early vaccination with Fostera® PRRS, long DOI can help stem PRRS losses in growersDISCOVERIES, Issue 28: Vaccination as early as 1 day of age with Fostera® PRRS coupled with the vaccine’s long duration of immunity can help pork producers stem the significant economic losses in...
Aug 09, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Water: An often-overlooked factor in pig healthWater doesn’t get the attention it deserves because it is abundant, easy to access and inexpensive, but that will change in the future, said John Patience, PhD, professor at Iowa State University.
Aug 05, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Sow mortality trends: Experts dissect the current state of affairsKeeping sow mortality rates in check is critical to a farm’s productivity and cost structure. Yet in recent years, the US pork industry has seen sow mortality rise.
Aug 05, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Swine disease-outbreak investigations identify hazards and on-farm risk eventsBiosecurity has become the all-inclusive protector of swine herd health. But even with all the biosecurity research, protocols and training, disease outbreaks occur regularly. Why is that?
Jul 16, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on First-hand ASF experience offers lessons for US industryPlan for the worst; hope for the best. That’s good advice for many situations but particularly accurate when it comes to African swine fever (ASF).
Jul 14, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Forecasting swine disease outbreaksResearchers at the University of Minnesota have been working on a predictive model to forecast when a disease outbreak may occur on a farm.
Jul 14, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Fostera® PRRS effective, lasting, safe despite ‘worst case’ challengesDISCOVERIES, Issue 26: It’s well known that modified-live PRRS vaccines help reduce production losses in breeding herds with PRRS. But when the challenge is especially severe, how well and for how...
Jul 08, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Advances in sampling offer greater success in enteric disease controlProducers and veterinarians should “begin with the end in mind” when it comes to diagnosing disease and planning control strategies, according to Eric Burrough, DVM, PhD, associate professor and...
Jun 25, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Sundberg: Ramping up African swine fever preparedness and preventionUS producers have seen the devastating impact of African swine fever (ASF) in other countries. The ultimate goal is to keep it out of this country, so industry groups are ramping up preparedness and...
Jun 24, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on SRD pathogens remain highly susceptible to key antimicrobialsDISCOVERIES, Issue 25: Pathogens commonly associated with swine respiratory disease (SRD) remain highly susceptible to key veterinary antimicrobials,
Jun 11, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Study sheds light on antimicrobial use in US wean-to-market pigsThe findings of a recent study show it’s feasible to obtain data on antimicrobial use while keeping information confidential.
Jun 03, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Performance — not serology or PCR — is best indicator of modified-live PRRS vaccine efficacyTOOLBOX, Issue 24: Noel Garbes DVM, senior technical services veterinarian, Zoetis, recently talked with editors of Pig Health Today about measuring modified-live PRRS vaccine efficacy.
May 16, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Processing fluids provide an option to monitor PCV2 and PCVADEffective PCV2 control relies on vaccination of healthy pigs before they become infected. This goal cannot be accomplished in unstable herds whose sows give birth to viremic pigs.
May 15, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Highlights of flu-management strategies meeting now availableA special report from Pig Health Today, “Integrated Flu Management: New Strategies for Control,” reports on key presentations by experts in influenza A virus in swine (IAV-S) and features...
Dec 16, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Deen: Batch farrowing requires ‘different mindset’It appears batch farrowing is making a comeback, according to John Deen, DVM, PhD, distinguished global professor at the University of Minnesota.
Pigs with APP have less mortality, fewer lung lesions after treatment with Excede® for Swine compared to enrofloxacin
Dec 15, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Pigs with APP have less mortality, fewer lung lesions after treatment with Excede® for Swine compared to enrofloxacinDISCOVERIES, Issue 20: Pigs with swine respiratory disease due to Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae were treated with Excede® for Swine (ceftiofur crystallinefree acid) or enrofloxacin in a...
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.
Oct 30, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Three ways to assess your herd’s ‘positive welfare state’The “Five Freedoms” have been the foundation for establishing sound animal welfare practices since they were developed in 1965. Now, more than 50 years later, researchers have additional tools...
Oct 21, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Pork’s future relies on trust throughout the pork value chainIn the end, raising hogs is about producing pork, and continuous success depends on building customers’ trust, listening to expectations and meeting their needs.
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.
Oct 11, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Decontamination protocols fail to disinfect incoming hog suppliesBiosecurity protocols are critical to keeping the US hog herd healthy, and one of the regular tasks is to disinfect a wide range of supplies entering the farm, but how effective are those protocols?
Sep 30, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on What they don’t tell you in veterinary school: Take care of yourselfA romanticized view of the veterinary profession, gleaned from sources like the famous Brit, James Herriot’s novel “All Creatures Great and Small,” doesn’t always mesh with the reality.
Sep 20, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Pork industry makes progress on pain managementPain management for pigs has always been a challenge, partly because it’s difficult to measure levels of pain and partly because there are no FDA-approved drugs labeled for pain management in pigs.
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 08, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Today’s forecast: Scattered PRRS outbreaks with isolated sprinkles of PEDForecasting swine-disease outbreaks might become a lot like predicting the weather as scientists combine monitoring disease data with computer models.
Aug 31, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Take a process-driven approach to influenza controlUS pork producers should strive to produce influenza-negative pigs if they want to see the benefits of increased productivity, reduced secondary infections and antibiotic use, reduced influenza...
Aug 29, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Committing time, attention to pig’s first 24 hours key to health, uniformityThe farrowing room is a demanding place — one that needs to accommodate the divergent needs of a 500+-pound sow and her 10, 15 or 20 piglets weighing anywhere from 1.5 to 3 pounds.
Aug 21, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on COVID-19 impact on swine industry headlines 2020 virtual Leman ConferenceCOVID-19’s global-altering tentacles reached the 2020 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference scheduled Sept. 19-22. This year’s conference will be held virtually.
Aug 11, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Researchers ‘look beyond the normal’ to identify emerging diseaseThe first case of Streptococcus equi subsp. zooepidemicus (Strep. zoo) was identified in the US pig population last fall, and it’s not an organism to be taken lightly.
Aug 01, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Addressing ‘unknown factors’ in sow mortalitySow mortality has been on the rise in the US pork industry, reaching upwards of 15% in many sow-production systems, said Ashley Johnson, DVM, technical services veterinarian with Zoetis.
Jul 17, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Swine Health Information Center: Preparing for emerging diseasesWhether the issue is an emerging disease such as porcine epidemic diarrhea or the threat of African swine fever, being prepared is key to minimizing the potential impact on the US swine herd and...
Jul 15, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Veterinarians, mind your mental healthVeterinarians deal with stress under the best circumstances. But in this time of difficult decisions for pork producers and those who service them due to COVID-19, maintaining mental health is even...
Jul 05, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Data show filtered farms break less often with PRRSNine years of data from the Morrison Swine Health Monitoring Project show farms with air-filtering systems have fewer outbreaks of PRRS than farms without filters.
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.
Jun 24, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Vaccine trial data versus lineage: What’s the best way to predict PRRS vaccine performance?TOOLBOX, Issue 20: An interview with Eva Jablonski, DVM, PRRS Specialist, Senior Technical Services Veterinarian, Zoetis
Jun 18, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Antimicrobial resistance causing few clinical problems in swineClinical problems in swine due to antimicrobial-resistant infections are rare. In fact, patterns of resistance in swine have been stable for a long time.
Jun 03, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Comparing diagnostic sampling prospects from M. hyo-positive-source boar studsMany sow farms have undergone M. hyo elimination within their breeding herd, which makes it critical to understand the potential transmission risk from boar studs.
May 27, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Watch your Strep: Keep your guard up for this evolving bacteriumFew things remain the same for long on a hog farm. By the very nature of today’s production system, pigs are continuously moving on or off a site. One thing that remains constant is Strep suis.
May 13, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Comparing PCV2 gilt vaccination protocols and progeny statusPorcine circovirus type 2 is the principal etiological agent of porcine circovirus associated disease (PCVAD), which can cost producers an estimated $3 to $4 per pig.
May 10, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Automatic foggers fall short in disinfecting hog-farm suppliesPreventing fomites from carrying pathogens into hog farms is a daily biosecurity priority, but how effective are typical disinfection protocols?
May 06, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Gebhart: Cracking the Strep suis codeStreptococcus suis (Strep suis) is becoming more prevalent and more complex in US swine herds. The coccoid-shaped, Gram-positive bacterium is also a zoonotic disease, capable of transmission from...
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 15, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on German researchers: Pigs, poultry not susceptible to COVID-19Scientists in Germany have confirmed that pigs and chickens are not susceptible to COVID-19.
Apr 10, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on How stress hammers a pig’s intestinal systemExperts say some forms of sustained stress can weaken a pig’s immune system and make it more vulnerable to disease and performance losses.
Apr 01, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Diagnostic experts: PCV3 is common in US swine herdsPCV3 was first reported in 2016, but appears to have been present in swine populations decades prior to that time. PCV3 strains are similar to one another but are very different from PCV2.
Mar 30, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Moving parts: Integrated, holistic approach needed for effective mycoplasma controlRenewed interest in M. hyo and its impact on herd health and performance has prompted producers and veterinarians to re-evaluate control strategies for the costly bacterial disease.
Mar 17, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Swine dysentery makes an unwelcome comebackJust when US pork producers thought swine dysentery was a problem of the past, it has re-emerged for an unwelcome encore in a slightly different form.
Feb 27, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Moving biosecurity from the farm to the feed millAn effective biosecurity strategy is not a stagnant process. It is continuously influenced by changes in pig-flows, disease pressures, virus evolution, emerging health issues and more.
Feb 20, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Ellis: No magic bullet to reduce pre-wean mortalityPre-wean mortality has increased over the last 15 years, and it’s a major concern for US pork producers and veterinarians.
Feb 14, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Outmaneuvering PRRSV requires a better understanding of genetic diversityPRRSV is constantly evolving, resulting in an extremely diverse virus with multiple lineages, but building a better understanding of that genetic diversity is the next step to making real progress...
Feb 12, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Deen: Apply old lessons to new technologiesClassical education emphasizes the need for industries to adopt new technologies to keep up with external demands and constantly changing economic environments.
Feb 06, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Pollmann: Make the most of your human capitalThe US pork industry is challenging under the best of circumstances, with enough variables to make even astute, savvy businesspeople cautious. However, one of the biggest components of a successful,...
Dec 30, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on PCV3 is ‘absolutely’ a pathogen but proceed with cautionPorcine circovirus type 3 (PCV3) is “absolutely” a pathogen but merely finding the virus isn’t enough to conclude it’s the cause of disease.
Dec 11, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on No. 1 biosecurity lesson: Never stop improvingThe first lesson of biosecurity, according to Andrea Pitkin, DVM, health assurance veterinarian for PIC, is to learn, modify and adapt because new threats can surface at any time.
Nov 14, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Researchers tackle survivability issues head-onOne in three pigs born on US farms fail to reach market, according to Jason Ross, PhD, a professor of animal physiology at Iowa State University and director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center.
Nov 06, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Larger litters, more competition for colostrum make pigs more susceptible to clostridial enteritisBy Daniel A. Nelson, PhD, Senior nutritionist, pork technical services, Zoetis
Oct 02, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Researchers expand understanding of virus transmission in feedAs African swine fever virus continues to march across the globe, the US pork sector is laser focused on keeping it from reaching the homeland.
Sep 26, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Feed, water, air and comfort: Keys to prevent tail bitingTail biting in pigs remains something of a mystery. What triggers a pig or pigs to bite tails? Why do some express this vice and others do not?
Sep 09, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Steps to mitigate cross-contamination of piglet processing fluids with PRRS MLVAs piglets move from the sow farm to the growing stage, it’s important to know their porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) status.
Aug 16, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on On the road again? Be careful not to pig outSwine veterinarians putting in long days on the road caring for pigs should be just as cognizant of their own health and nutritional needs.
Aug 13, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Positive interactions with sows reduce piglet crushingEncouraging staff to have more direct involvement with managing and handling sows can have positive impacts on herd welfare and mortality rates, say scientists.
Aug 12, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Impact of control options for Streptococcus suis and Haemophilus parasuisHelping piglets make a smooth transition at weaning is always a priority, but bacterial pathogens such as Streptococcus suis and Haemophilus parasuis can make that goal particularly challenging.
Jul 22, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on A simple scoring system can provide insights into tail biting and lamenessTail biting and lameness directly impact the well-being of growing pigs, which in turn impacts their productivity and the farm’s economics.
Jul 08, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on National ASF-surveillance plan: What you need to knowThe pork industry leans heavily on diagnostics to minimize the impact of disease, but they’re especially critical for monitoring African swine fever (ASF) and other trade-limiting foreign animal...
Jun 13, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Optimizing nutrition key to unlocking full benefits of immunocastrationAn alternative technique to physical castration could offer US hog producers a host of financial and management benefits.
May 29, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Feed-mill biosecurity critical to reducing disease transmissionFeed and feed ingredients are generating a lot of interest as possible vectors in transmitting swine diseases.
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 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.
Apr 10, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on AVMA releases first-ever guidelines for depopulation of animalsThe AVMA has published its first ever Guidelines for the Depopulation of Animals to help veterinarians support animal welfare in situations where the difficult decision to depopulate has been made.
Jan 30, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Managing pain, Strep suis infection in baby pigs critical for welfareThe US pork industry has demonstrated high standards for animal welfare, but there is still much to learn about mitigating pain — not only during processing, but also pain resulting from Strep...
May 14, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Crossing the line: Biosecurity for employee entry is still a work in progressBy Derald Holtkamp, MS, DVM Associate Professor Iowa State University