Category Archive: Global TOPICS, News, PGT GLOBAL, PGT US, Pig Care, TOPICS
Jun 08, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on What we learned from PED applies to COVID-19Swine veterinarians and producers may feel déjà vu when they hear about the COVID-19 epidemic in the US.
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 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.
May 20, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Finding opportunities to improve pig health during these challenging timesBy Joseph F. Connor, DVM, MS, Carthage Veterinary Service
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 12, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Free booklet offers insights on responsible, effective antimicrobial use in swineAntibiotics remain essential tools for maintaining high levels of herd health and welfare, but veterinarians and producers must use them responsibly.
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...
May 04, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Moving pig health to the back burner — if only for a momentBy Larry Rueff, DVM, Swine Vet Services, Greensburg, Indiana
Apr 27, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Chimera technology offers better path to protection for PCV2DISCOVERIES, Issue 6: When PCV2 first became a problem in US swine herds, scientists looked at taking the immunogenic capsid gene from PCV2 and cloning it into the backbone of nonpathogenic PCV type...
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 22, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Batch farrowing makes a comeback on small- to medium-sized sow farmsThe practice of farrowing sows in groups and not continuously is making a reappearance as small- to medium-sized sow farms seek ways to stay competitive.
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 Five ways to maintain pig growth in summer without ractopamineThe summer months can be difficult for pigs — and producers. Pigs typically don’t grow as fast and feed efficiency often takes a hit. Much of the downturn is linked to heat stress, which costs US...
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 25, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Deadly swine-disease outbreak at buying station triggers search for mystery pathogenWhen a call came in last September reporting very high, unexplained sow mortalities, Daniel Gascho, DVM, didn’t expect it to be anything unusual, but he found quite the opposite.
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 21, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on MetaStim®: The best balance of humoral, cellular immunityTOOLBOX, Issue 17: An interview with Dennis Foss, DVM, PhD, Research Director, Zoetis Global Biologicals Swine
Feb 18, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on 8 key factors drive success when raising pigs without antibioticsProducers need to recognize there will always be health challenges when raising pigs without antibiotics. The goal is to resolve those challenges as they arise.
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,...
Jan 22, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Lessons learned: How a modern hog farm in Russia recovered from ASFChina’s African swine fever epidemic may offer a grim view of life with the disease. But its neighbor Russia has proven recovery from ASF is possible.
Jan 20, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Special Report: What’s behind the surge in sow mortality?Sow mortality rates in the US have increased dramatically in recent years and now average about 15%. Pig Health Today talked with six experts about the alarming trend and, most important, what...
Jan 16, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Veterinarian says VFD led to more strategic antibiotic useThe Food and Drug Administration’s revised rules for antibiotic use in hogs, including the VFD, has led to a reduction in and more strategic use of antibiotics in swine.
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.
Nov 05, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Hit delete: Vet says you don’t have to live with mycoplasmaM. hyo is a bacterium that US producers don’t have to live with. Elimination can be successful and cost-effective.
Oct 29, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on ASF protein discovery offers vaccine development potentialScientists have identified specific proteins in the African swine fever virus (ASF) that could pave the way for development of a vaccine against the deadly disease.
Oct 23, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Reading pigs’ emotions could speed up disease treatmentsTechnology which can detect emotion on pigs’ faces could help farmers identify and treat sick animals before illnesses really take hold.
Oct 06, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Foreign animal diseases and the line of last resortBy Larry Rueff, DVM, Swine Veterinary Services, Greensburg, Indiana
Oct 03, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Medicating mothers could help limit piglet painAdministering medicine through nursing sows could help improve piglet welfare by limiting the pain they feel during procedures such as teeth clipping and tail docking.
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 29, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Is fogging an M. hyo-elimination option for your swine herd?Paul Yeske, DVM, with the Swine Vet Center in St. Peter, Minn., has seen repeatable success with M. hyo elimination, along with the downstream effect of lower cost of production, better average daily...
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 16, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on It’s back: Clinical outbreak of PCV2 in genetic herds reportedA clinical outbreak of porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) occurred this past winter in otherwise healthy, well-vaccinated herds, Clayton Johnson, DVM, of Carthage Veterinary Service, told Pig Health...
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.
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 26, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Phase I of pelvic organ prolapse study offers new insightsA pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a dramatic, easy-to-identify event within the farrowing room. The difficult part is figuring out the cause and applying a solution.
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 14, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on High health herd helps Finnish producers tackle tail biting challengeFocusing on running high-health herds and lowering stress levels is helping hog farmers in Finland prevent tail biting in non-docked pigs.
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 25, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Comprehensive management plan critical to piglet survivalHaving a clear plan in place to manage sows and piglets before, during and after farrowing is critical to increasing piglet survival and maintaining sow health.
Jul 25, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Does PRRS influence weaned pigs’ nutritional response?In the past 30 years, the growth and body composition of US market hogs has changed dramatically, but the same cannot be said for dietary vitamin and mineral levels.
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 16, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Resurgence of ‘old’ bacterial diseases in pigs: Why?Three bacterial diseases considered under control recently flared up creating new challenges in hog operations. The older diseases include Haemophilus parasuis (parasuis), Streptococcus suis (strep)...
Jul 11, 2019Susan 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.
Jul 05, 2019Susan 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 21, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Adequate gilt acclimation helps minimize the PRRSV ‘tax’By Clayton Johnson, DVM Carthage Veterinary Service Integrated Veterinary Network
Jun 10, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Five challenges facing swine veterinarians — and how to address themToday’s swine veterinarians are great multitaskers by necessity, said Deborah Murray, DVM, veterinary services manager, with New Fashion Pork, Jackson, Minnesota, at the 2019 AASV meeting.
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 25, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Some aspects of Senecavirus A continue to mystify researchersWhile the spikes of Senecavirus A have plateaued in recent years, researchers in the pork industry are still confounded by the elusive virus and what triggers outbreaks.
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.
May 13, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Picking your battles is key to biosecurity successBiosecurity is one of those on-farm topics that gets a lot of time and attention, but it can easily fall apart in the day-to-day reality of managing pigs.
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...
May 08, 2019Susan 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.
May 03, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on What to do when emotions run high in a disease breakAny way you look at it, going through a disease break on a farm is difficult. “The pigs are easy; it’s the people that make things difficult.”
Apr 26, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Good hygiene key to health and performance in fattening units, scientists findInvesting in biosecurity in fattening units could see Europe’s pig sector increase its earnings by billions of Euros a year thanks to improved pig health and growth rates.
Apr 23, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Estrus suppression boosts gilt welfare, productivity in CanadaDelaying sexual maturity in gilts is helping pig producers in Canada streamline their production systems while improving carcass quality and animal welfare.
Imported feed ingredients: Supplier’s sourcing, biosecurity, shipping vital to product integrity, safety
Apr 22, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Imported feed ingredients: Supplier’s sourcing, biosecurity, shipping vital to product integrity, safetyBrian Payne, DVM, technical services veterinarian at Zoetis, recently talked with editors of Pig Health Today about African swine fever (ASF) and the possible risks of importing the virus through...
Apr 17, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on The changing face of PCV: Virus experts compare notes on evolving pathogen in US swine herdsClinical disease due to porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) has been dramatically reduced thanks to vaccination, but concern remains about the persistence of PCV2 subclinical infection, even in...
Apr 15, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on What’s your ‘risk attitude’? The role of human behavior in biosecurityHow human behavior impacts biosecurity decisions is a new frontier that’s critical to producers.
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.
Apr 03, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Dee: Mitigants combined with extended storage time help guard against virus transmissionFeed additives that mitigate viruses, combined with extended storage times, could help protect the US pork industry from African swine fever and other foreign animal diseases.
Apr 03, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Castration alternative offers faster growth, more quality meat in studyA novel castration alternative allows male pigs to grow faster and produce more high-quality meat than physically castrated or entire hogs, a new analysis shows.
Apr 01, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Understanding feed flow, biosecurity critical in ASF battleThe US pork industry is nervous about African swine fever (ASF) and other foreign animal diseases entering the country — and for good reason.
Mar 27, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Action plan, training keys to humane euthanasia of pigsA critical part of humane animal care on pig farms is responsible and timely euthanasia. However, identifying individuals for the job, training them and having a plan to carry out the process can...
Mar 18, 2019Susan 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.
Mar 03, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Webb: FAD outbreak could be financially crippling for US pork industryA single reported incident of a trade-limiting foreign animal disease (FAD) would devastate the US pork industry, perhaps causing billions of dollars in losses.
Feb 27, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Animal welfare key to pork producers’ continuous improvementAnimal well-being is not a new concept and has long been a priority on hog farms. “It’s one of the ethical principles within the industry’s We Care initiative,” said Sherry Webb,...
Feb 22, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Strategies to weaken PRRS’ grip on US herdsAfter more than three decades, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) remains a serious disease threat to swine units in the US.
Feb 22, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Whole-herd vaccination critical to long-term PRRS managementVaccinating entire herds against PRRS is crucial to ensuring the virus doesn’t become untreatable in the future, says a UK veterinarian.
Feb 07, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on How FADs have affected foreign marketsSince the middle of the 20th century, numerous foreign animal disease (FAD) outbreaks involving the pork industry have been recorded throughout the world.
Feb 04, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Veterinarian sees changes to three high-risk swine diseasesThree diseases affecting finishing hogs — Senecavirus A, porcine sapelovirus and erysipelas — have undergone changes over the past year that warrant the pork industry’s attention.
Jan 24, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Researchers create algorithm to predict PEDV outbreaksResearchers from North Carolina State University have developed an algorithm that could give pig farms advance notice of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) outbreaks.
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 16, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Nerem: Shift focus to responsible antibiotic use, not arbitrary reductionsSome retailers and foodservice companies are asking for animals that have never received antibiotics (“no antibiotics ever” or NAE), but that request fails to recognize that animals — like...
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...
Dec 14, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Parvovirus still poses threat to breeding herdFor as long as anyone can remember, pork producers have vaccinated gilts for parvovirus. Now that outbreaks are rare, is it necessary to vaccinate the entire breeding herd?
Dec 12, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Raising pigs without antibiotics? Plan to ‘sweat the small stuff’Follow this rule if you’re raising pigs without antibiotics: “Sweat the small stuff.” That’s the advice from Doug MacDougald, DVM, for any farm that wants to eliminate antibiotics without...
Dec 03, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Brenneman: ‘Have conversations about what’s going on at the farm’The pork industry needs to do a better job telling its story — particularly about how it is improving, evolving and serving the best interests of consumers, producer Erin Brenneman told Pig Health...
Nov 19, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Veterinarians in best position to be ‘ambassadors’ for antimicrobials in pork productionVeterinarians can leverage their credibility to help consumers understand the complexity of the decision-making process for antimicrobials used in pork production.
Nov 12, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Flies ‘possible route’ of African swine fever spreadFlies that have been in contact with swine infected with African swine fever (ASF) could be responsible for spreading the disease between herds.
Nov 07, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Ileitis: Is it possible to control in baby pigs without antibiotics?Ileitis may be a ubiquitous disease in grow-finish pigs, but with changes in on-farm antibiotic use it could become a new, more common challenge in the nursery period.
Oct 22, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Tackling PRRS: Managing outbreaks to limit damagePorcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is a virus that can take a significant toll on pig producers due to reproductive losses, decreased performance and damaging secondary infections....
Oct 10, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Quarantine window for feed ingredients may reduce hog disease riskForeign animal diseases (FAD) are top of mind as the ongoing outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) in China, Belgium and elsewhere, have raised the stakes to implement new practices designed to...
Oct 09, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Monitor growth restrictions to improve long-term piglet successTracking signs of pre-natal growth restriction in piglets could help producers select sows that are likely to have healthier offspring with lower rates of mortality, scientists say.
Oct 09, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Seven tips for fine tuning sow feed efficiencyWant to know what’s really impacting your bottom line? Get down to slat level, says a sow-management specialist. That’s where the less obvious feed-related factors could be stealing your ROI.
Mass vaccination with modified-live PRRSV vaccine has no significant production impact in stable herds
Oct 08, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Mass vaccination with modified-live PRRSV vaccine has no significant production impact in stable herdsMass vaccination with a modified-live porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) vaccine has no significant negative impact on production performance in PRRSV-stable breeding herds,...
Oct 03, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on African Swine Fever could cost assorted industries billions of dollarsIf the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus enters the United States, the repercussions will be felt throughout the agriculture sector and beyond.
Oct 01, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Locking out PDCOV requires attention to biosecurity detailPorcine delta coronavirus (PDCOV) may not be as devastating as its relative, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), but the negative impact on production is motivation enough to work to lock it out...
Sep 24, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Pavlovic: Today’s PED outbreaks may be mild but still hurt profitabilityPorcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus may not be as devastating to hogs today as it was a few years ago, but it still damages the bottom line, according to Lynn Pavlovic, DVM, Iowa Select Farms.
Sep 17, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Enrichment helps reduce sow stress and piglet mortalityEnriching sow environments during pregnancy can help improve sow welfare and increase piglet survival, scientists say.
Sep 17, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Improving welfare leads to higher herd performanceMeasures to improve animal welfare on hog farms can improve — rather than jeopardize — economic performance of herds, scientists have discovered.
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.
Connor: Managing mycoplasma requires integrated approach with vaccines, feed medications, injectables
Sep 12, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Connor: Managing mycoplasma requires integrated approach with vaccines, feed medications, injectablesMycoplasma pneumonia continues to trouble the swine industry. Around for years, the respiratory disease caused by the bacterium M. hyo reduces pig performance, especially when mixed with other...
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.
Aug 29, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Non-thermal plasma reactors can inactivate PRRSVHog-farm biosecurity measures have largely focused on minimizing the transmission of infectious agents on various surfaces. However, it’s been shown that PRRSV — and possibly other respiratory...
Aug 27, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Close to the finish: How grower pigs spread PRRS to sow farmsIt’s time to consider the role finishing pigs play in the spread of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) to sow farms, according to Montserrat Torremorell, DVM, PhD,...
Aug 23, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on ‘We’ve almost forgotten that boars just perform better’Ever since Larry Rueff, DVM, a swine veterinarian from Greensburg, IN, stopped physically castrating some of his pigs 4 years ago, and started using a protein compound that works like an immunization...
Aug 03, 2018PGT EditorComments Off on Training staff to spot sick pigs early leads to higher performance, lower mortalityPig health is critical for maintaining animal welfare and ensuring a steady supply of safe and affordable pork.
Aug 01, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Building a better understanding of biosecurity and PRRS risksAt the center of any biosecurity program is the goal of preventing pathogens or diseases from entering and infecting a swine herd. Perhaps no disease has challenged producers and veterinarians as...
Jul 30, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Maximizing housing rates has no welfare impact, scientists findHousing pigs at Europe’s maximum stocking rates has no impact on their welfare or performance, scientists in the UK have discovered.
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 13, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Pay more attention to your sow herd’s lifelineBy William R. Fombelle, DVM Carthage Veterinary Service, LTD Carthage, Illinois
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...
Jul 10, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Immunocastrated pigs eat less, convert more efficiently, so what’s holding them back in the US?Imagine a corn field twice the size of Chicago. That’s what the pork industry could potentially save annually if it adopted an alternative to conventional castration. With about 55 million male...
Jul 09, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Antibiotic use at weaning can reduce acute illness in pigsThe transition into the nursery phase for just-weaned pigs presents many challenges as they adapt to a new diet, a new environment and increased competition. Young pigs often need some extra help.
Jul 02, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Denmark to build fence to keep out African swine feverDanish officials have announced plans to build a 44-mile fence on its border with Germany to prevent African swine fever from reaching the country’s pig herd.
Jul 02, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Tackling PRRS: Managing outbreaks to limit damageAccording to a new guide on PRRS management, understanding how to manage the costly disease can help improve pig health and welfare, while increasing productivity.
Jul 02, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Measuring success and changing behaviors to reduce antibiotics use on hog farmsBy Georgina Crayford, PhD Senior Policy Advisor National Pig Association, UK
Jun 24, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Two tactics to reduce stillborns and improve piglet survivalTwo midwestern sow operations recently discussed how each achieves high piglet-survival rates by using different techniques to attend farrowing.
Jun 19, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Adjusting swine feed rations helps ensure weight gains during hot weatherAs temperature and humidity levels rise in the summer months, so does the threat of heat stress in the swine herd.
Jun 11, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Three-phase plan helps seize control of PRRSBy Jose Angulo, DVM Managing Veterinarian, PRRS specialist Pork Technical Services Zoetis
Jun 05, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Rapid Response Corps poised to investigate transboundary swine disease outbreaksThe US pork industry learned a big lesson after the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) outbreak in 2013.
May 23, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Barn location can impact PRRS exposure riskSeveral factors go into selecting a site for a pork-production unit, but research shows there are a couple more — specifically, terrain and vegetation — that may influence exposure to the porcine...
May 01, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Retailers setting their sights on pain management in pig productionAlthough antibiotics and sow housing have remained center stage in recent years, retailers are increasingly putting pressure on producers to address pain management as part of their...
Apr 27, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Cull sow market breeding ground for disease transmissionMany sows sold into the cull sow market become “frequent travelers” and pose a serious risk of disease transmission if a foreign animal-disease (FAD) outbreak occurs.
Apr 23, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Morrison Swine Health Monitoring Project underscores value of information sharingCollaboration among veterinarians working with different pork producers is one of the great benefits emanating from the Morrison Swine Health Monitoring Project (MSHMP).
Apr 21, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on What have we learned about antibiotic-resistant genes in groundwater?Swine manure is a valuable resource for cropland, but understanding its potential impact on groundwater is an ongoing priority.
Apr 13, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on What’s driving the surge in sow mortality?Sow mortality in US herds has trended upward in recent years, and identifying the reasons has frustrated producers and veterinarians alike.
Apr 12, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Breeding sows without CD163 gene might ultimately eliminate PRRS virusSows without the CD163 gene are not only resistant to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus, they also give birth to healthy, normal piglets — a finding that could...
Apr 04, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Batch farrowing offers smaller sow farms improved disease controlIndependent sow farms grouped together and using batch farrowing may be able to capture the same health advantages as a 5,000-sow farm with all-in, all-out production.
Mar 21, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on The cost of being wrong: Why cost-benefit analyses are replacing guesswork on swine farmsBy Derald Holtkamp, MS, DVM Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine Ames, Iowa
Mar 16, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Swift identification key to keeping emerging diseases at bayEncouraging farm staff to identify changes in pig behavior and health is key to spotting signs of disease before it takes hold in a herd, according one of Canada’s top pig veterinarians.
Mar 16, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on ‘Don’t blame antibiotics use on production systems,’ says UK pig sectorThe UK pig sector has warned campaigners against oversimplifying the link between production systems and antibiotics use.
Mar 16, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Is colostrum the ‘golden ticket’ to driving down antibiotic use?UK swine farmers are being urged to recognize the value of giving newborn pigs good-quality colostrum as part of industry efforts to drive down antibiotics use.
The eve of disruption: How changes in retail and consumer trends might affect pork consumption—and production
Mar 15, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on The eve of disruption: How changes in retail and consumer trends might affect pork consumption—and productionIn this special report, Pig Health Today looks at disruptions in the consumer and retail landscapes and how they could forever change the US pork industry and the way pigs are raised.
Mar 05, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Pig feed reminder over African Swine Fever concernsUK pig keepers are being reminded to avoid feeding animals food waste and check their biosecurity measures to help prevent outbreaks of diseases such as African Swine Fever (ASF).
Mar 03, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on US pork industry’s first vaccine with two PCV2 genotypes announced at AASVThe US pork industry’s first vaccine to include two genotypes of porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) — 2a and 2b — was announced on the first day of the American Association of Swine...
Feb 22, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Antibiotic-free production: What lessons can pork learn from poultry?A rapid increase in the use of vaccines for respiratory and enteric diseases in swine over the past year will ultimately allow a reduction in antibiotic use, predicted Joe Connor, DVM, swine...
Feb 04, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Steps to keep the incidence of stillborns at bayby Megan Schnur, DVM Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd. Carthage, Illinois
Jan 30, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Minimise weaning stress to maximise piglet performanceMinimising the amount of stress piglets go through can help limit health issues and growth checks associated with weaning, according to a pig health specialist.
Jan 25, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Pig care, disease prevention are top goals for this vetIn a video produced as part of the Vets on Call series, Dr. Paul Ruen explains that pigs are social creatures who like to be in groups.
Jan 24, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Europe bans zinc oxide in pig feedEurope’s farmers have been given five years to phase out the use of zinc oxide in pig feed.
Jan 24, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Nutrition key to increasing sow productivityGreater focus on sow nutrition can help swine producers drastically improve productivity and longevity across their herd, according to one of Canada’s senior nutritionists.
Jan 15, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Pork producers need to proactively communicate with consumers to change the dialoguePork producers and swine veterinarians need to take a more active role in consumers’ food conversations for them to get an accurate picture of how pigs are raised, said Tamika Sims, PhD, director...
Jan 10, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on New claim provides flexible dosing for M. hyo medicationPork producers battling swine respiratory disease associated with Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyo) now have more flexibility when using Lincomix® (lincomycin hydrochloride) Type A medicated...
Dec 28, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on New antibiotics targets announced for UK pig sectorUK pig produers are working to meet ambitious new targets to further reduce antibiotic use in the industry.
Dec 27, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome control in Asiaby Marlon L. Linatoc Regional Technical Manager Swine Asia-Pacific and Greater China, Zoetis Inc. Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) continues to be one of the most...
Dec 21, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Boar stud requires high health status, zero tolerance for biosecurity errorsA boar stud producing semen for thousands of sows needs to maintain excellent health with the highest level of biosecurity possible.
Dec 05, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Air-cleaning technology could slash respiratory disease riskA technology that reduces dust, germs and gasses from the air in pig sheds could help cut the number of pigs that develop lesions associated with respiratory disease.
Dec 05, 2017PGT EditorComments Off on Build up winter housing defenses to ward off diseaseOptimizing pig sheds is vital for maintaining herd health, but in the winter months, getting the environment right is especially important in warding off illness.
Dec 05, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Practicing precision animal healthRoss Kiehne, DVM, practices what he calls “precision animal health.” “I’m only going to provide the vaccine or antibiotic that’s right for the pig at that time in its life to make it as...
Nov 20, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Secure Pork Supply plan: Beginning steps to safeguard your herdAccording to an Iowa State University study, the potential revenue losses to US pork and beef industries from an FMD outbreak would run $12.8 billion annually with associated losses to corn and...
Oct 25, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on SHIC matrix weighs the impact of emerging swine diseasesAs porcine epidemic diarrhea virus and Seneca Valley virus surfaced within the US swine herd in recent years, it underscored the threat posed by emerging and foreign animal diseases.
Sep 17, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Livestock farming standards to get boost under antimicrobial-resistance planThe European Commission has unveiled plans to promote better global livestock farming standards in a bid to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in animals and humans.
Sep 17, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on UK producers urged to up biosecurity in face of African swine fever riskUK pig producers need to put robust disease control measures in place to protect the industry from the risk of African swine fever (ASF), according to an industry body.
Sep 17, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Pig producers on guard after discovery of drug-resistant coccidiosisMicrobiologists are warning European pig producers to monitor the success of coccidiosis treatment toltrazuril after discovering the first signs of resistance to the drug.
Sep 05, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on ‘Shaking pig syndrome’ identified on Austrian farmScientists in Austria have identified a virus that causes a congenital tremor in piglets and can result in heavy losses to infected litters.
Aug 25, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Scientists aim to breed out sow aggressionScientists at Michigan State University (MSU) are hoping to help pig producers improve herd welfare thanks to a $1 million project aimed at finding ways to breed out sow aggression.
Aug 14, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Biosecurity must-haves for swine veterinariansNo one wants to introduce a harmful pathogen into a herd, but the reality is the more pig exposure that a person has, the riskier that visitor becomes, even if he or she is a veterinarian.
Aug 14, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on PEDV and other pathogens survive in feed for weeksIn 2013-2014, infection of pig farms with PEDV was a frequent event, even in farms using the highest level of biosecurity. In an effort to determine how this could happen, Scott Dee, DVM, began...
Aug 03, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Survey identifies gaps in employee biosecurity practicesFor biosecurity to be effective, everyone working within the farm needs to understand and comply with the defined protocols. In reality, a person’s attitude can make or break the outcome, so it’s...
Jun 21, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Prevent the spread of disease by properly cleaning water linesOne of the most basic — yet often overlooked — elements of pork production is water. A clean, safe palatable water supply ensures adequate hydration, encourages feed consumption and helps prevent...
Jun 21, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Reproductive performance linked to live-weight and back-fat gainsPaying closer attention to both sow live weight and back-fat depth could help farmers improve reproductive performance in breeding herds, scientists report.
Jun 21, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Scotland’s pig producers back innovative disease control schemeAlmost all of Scotland’s commercial pig producers have signed a special charter committing to work together to control the spread of disease.
Jun 20, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Keep opportunistic bacterial challenges in pigs at bayBacterial challenges facing pigs can be traced back to other shortfalls that weaken their immune system.
Jun 20, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Routes of Senecavirus A transmission identified in breeding herdsA study of the way swine breeding herds were likely infected with Senecavirus A (SVA) underscores the importance of encouraging adherence to biosecurity procedures.
Jun 20, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Colostrum may be best sample for PCV2 on sow farmsColostrum may be the best sample to test for determining whether porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) is present in sow herds, according to researchers at Iowa State University (ISU).
Jun 16, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Hanor swine vet: Food animals deserve the same care and treatment as petsPigs are “very cool” animals — they’re all curious and very friendly from the time they’re baby pigs to sows and boars, explains Tara Donovan, DVM, company veterinarian for Hanor Company.
Jun 14, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Study piglet behavior to improve chances of early survivalEncouraging farm staff to study piglets’ movement after farrowing could help them better identify weak animals, take action and improve early survival odds, scientists say.
Jun 10, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Formula sheds light on disease riskUnderstanding the transmission route of a disease pathogen, how long it’s infective, its survivability in the environment and routes of infection all build the foundation for creating effective...
Jun 08, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Secure Pork Supply plan seeks to minimize disruption from foreign animal diseasesThe National Pork Board, with major support from USDA, is creating a Secure Pork Supply plan to help America’s pig farmers respond quickly and successfully to a major threat, such as a foreign...
Jun 06, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Pig Health Today website now online, offering ‘all health, all the time’Pig Health Today, a new website focused solely on news and information related to swine health, was launched today to help the US and global pork industries stay on top of the latest on disease...
May 31, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on UK pig sector sets new targets for critically important antibiotics useUK pig producers are being asked to reduce their use of certain “critically important” antibiotics under new guidelines adopted by the sector’s independent agency promoting responsible medicine...
May 30, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Flushing feed mill with treated rice hulls reduces PEDV riskThe porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) taught swine veterinarians and producers many hard lessons about feed management. Not only can the deadly virus be transported by feed ingredients, PEDV...
May 30, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Positive-pressure ventilation makes a comeback to reduce PRRS transmissionsProducers looking for ways to reduce porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) find positive-pressure ventilation with some modifications works, especially in older building, according to...
May 19, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Oropharyngeal swabs offer alternative for PRRSV diagnosis in wean-age pigsTaking oropharyngeal swabs — that is, samples from the tonsils — appears to be an effective alternative means for detecting PRRSV in wean-age pigs, especially when the prevalence of infection is...
May 19, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Canada making progress in PED eradicationThe Canadian pork industry is focused on eradicating Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea from the country, officials say.
May 19, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Three-step approach for spotting sick sowsA three-pronged approach to observing sows can help identify illness, lower mortality and increase productivity, according to a leading vet.
May 19, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Nutrition key to reproductive performance of hyper-prolific sowsFinding ways to boost feed intake in hyper-prolific sows is key to ensuring they continue to meet their lifetime reproductive potential.
May 19, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Breeding productivity provides clues about herd healthTaking a systematic approach to identifying changes in pig productivity could help limit the economic impact of infectious disease, according to scientists.
May 19, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Joint initiative aims to drive Canada’s pig welfare effortsA joint government and industry initiative is helping drive Canadian pig producer’s efforts to improve animal welfare standards on their farms.
May 19, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Consumer communication top priority for Canada’s pig producersImproving communication with the public and the media must become a top priority for Canada’s pork industry, an industry expert has said.
May 19, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Understanding animal behavior helps ensure better piglet careWatching 21-day old piglets that just left their mothers being placed in a nursery barn takes a special “sixth” sense to understand what they’re feeling.
May 19, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Technology, veterinary care helping to improve pig health, production on Illinois swine farmNess farm pigs get dessert before dinner. The Ness’ production system uses a liquid byproduct from an ice cream manufacturer to supply fat and energy to their pigs’ diet.
May 19, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Swine vet: Factory-farm concept ‘couldn’t be further from the truth’Today the term factory farm is used very widely, and most people think machines are making pigs, notes Seth Krantz, DVM, company veterinarian for Tosh Farms.
May 19, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Losing family swine herd to disease turned this farmhand into a veterinarianAs a child, when the swine disease pseudorabies (Aujeszky’s disease) forced his father to sell all the family’s pigs and start over, Andrew Bents got the calling to become a swine veterinarian.
May 18, 2017PGT EditorComments Off on Boar taint vaccination: Plus points for an ‘entire’ marketFor years, Britain has boasted some of the world’s highest standards of pig welfare. But as continental Europe moves to ban surgical castration, the UK’s “castration-free” status may no...
May 18, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Commonly used disinfectants can vary widely in efficacyCommonly used disinfectants can have substantially different efficacy and should be tested against the pathogen of concern — and under the conditions of use — before they’re used on swine...
May 18, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Snout wipes shown to be practical, efficient method for detecting swine influenza ASnout wipes are a practical and efficient method of detecting influenza A virus in swine (IAV-S), according to a study presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Association of Swine...
May 17, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Piglet pain control during castration still needs answersCastrating male piglets to prevent boar taint at market age is a common occurrence on US hog farms. However, as consumer interest in on-farm practices and animal welfare grows, producers will need...
May 02, 2017PGT EditorComments Off on Four strategies for managing piglet diarrheaNutrition, commercial vaccines, good hygiene and immunity of piglets through colostral transfer are four key strategies in managing piglet neonatal and peri-weaning diarrhea.
May 01, 2017PGT EditorComments Off on Italian meat company balances tradition, quality with need for greater sustainabilityA century-old salumi maker says sustainable and welfare-friendly processes are key to keeping its traditional products relevant to today’s consumers.
Dec 20, 2016PGT EditorComments Off on Management scheme aims to limit piglet deaths linked to blood poisoningDanish pig producers are being encouraged to reassess their herd health management after it emerged that blood poisoning from routine operations was a significant cause of piglet mortality.
Dec 15, 2016PGT EditorComments Off on Boar-taint vaccination associated with less male aggression in Australian studyBoar-taint vaccination improved the welfare of male pigs kept under commercial conditions by inhibiting sexual and aggressive behavior, according to new research from Australia.
Nov 29, 2016PGT EditorComments Off on Be prepared for surgical castration and tail docking ban, EU producers toldEurope’s pig producers should prepare themselves for an eventual ban on surgical castration and tail docking across the continent, according to a leading industry expert.
Sep 28, 2016PGT EditorComments Off on Enriched pens linked to less gestational stress, lower piglet mortalityHousing sows in enriched pens can reduce stress and have a positive impact on the development and survival rate of piglets, according to scientists.
Sep 26, 2016PGT EditorComments Off on Bigger not always better in quest for sustainable porkStriving to produce heavier pigs is not necessarily the answer to increasing pig productivity and farm profitability, an expert in pig genetics has warned.
Sep 13, 2016PGT EditorComments Off on Benefits of castration alternative presented at global pig-health eventTwo world-renowned experts discussed the economic and welfare benefits of using a novel castration alternative at the 2016 International Pig Veterinary Society conference in Dublin.
Mar 15, 2016PGT EditorComments Off on French pork producer focuses on sustainability to meet evolving consumer demandsIn a country world-famous for its food, a small French pig producer’s strategy for meeting consistently high standards of quality, welfare and nutrition has earned it a spot on the map.