Mar 22, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Simpler, less costly monitoring methods helping pork industry get a better read on PRRS
Newer 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 diseases
Whether 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 challenges
New 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 06, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Dipsticks offer early warning of sow urinary-tract infections
Minimizing 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 preparedness
Pork 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 biosecurity
Transport 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 virus
Vaccines 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...