Project Aims for Unified PRRS Mapping System03 May 2013
US - A project at the University of Minnesota has investigated the feasibility of a unified mapping system for the many regional projects to control Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).
There are approximately 20 regional PRRS projects in the United States in various stages of progress. Each coordinator has their own approach to the challenges of mapping the region, many depending on the assistance of a certain pharmaceutical company, according to Robert B. Morrison of the University of Minnesota in the latest newsletter from the National Pork Board.
The goal of his project was to develop a mapping service that will be available to coordinators who choose to participate.
The database was developed in Oracle and ArcGIS was used to develop the map. Maps are viewed in either ArcReader or ArcGIS online.
Participating regional projects included N212MN, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania as well as a national PRRS incidence project involving 10 production systems with a total of approximately 300 sites and one million sows.
A common legend has been developed and is being promoted to all participating regions. This system is available for any regional coordinator to use.
The researcher says it serves the needs of the industry and is a valuable resource for the National Pork Board.
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