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8 ways to boost immunity in livestock

Victor Cortese, DVM, PhD, drew on his decades of field experience and expertise in immunology to offer tips for optimizing immunity in swine herds in the face of IAV-S.

New approaches to influenza control look promising

Influenza-A virus of swine (IAV-S) is a thorn in the side of US pork producers, and it’s a difficult thorn to remove. If the virus were more pathogenic, veterinarians and producers would probably...

Highlights of flu-management strategies meeting now available

A 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...

Preventing flu transmission from humans to pigs

Farm employees can have a marked impact on the success of controlling IAV-S. Two roundtable panelists share their views.

Influenza roundtable: Taking control programs to the next level in sows and pigs

Despite the pork industry’s best efforts, IAV-S remains a challenge for US pork producers year-round, particularly in grow-finish systems. Nine veterinarians discussed the challenges of the costly...

Prime boost in cattle shows promise in food-animal production

Heterologous technology known as “prime boost” has been widely used in the US cattle industry, and it is hoped that pork producers can piggy-back on the work that’s already been done in cattle...

Immunity, and understanding how to manage it, remains the ‘big frontier’ in disease protection

“The goal of any operation is to keep an animal as healthy as possible, which means keeping the immune system healthy,” says Victor Cortese, DVM, PhD, a veterinarian specializing in immunology....

Influenza A virus remains costly challenge for US pork industry

While its mortality rate is low, IAV-S continues to cause acute respiratory disease and often leads to reduced growth rates in young pigs and steep economic losses. Understanding the virus and how it...

Take a process-driven approach to influenza control

US 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...

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