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19 April 2018
Pig Industry News from United States Needles & Sins: Sloppy vaccination protocols can jeopardise herd health, welfare, returns
Innocent but often costly mistakes happen when vaccines aren’t properly stored, handled or administered. Pig Health Today talked with an Illinois producer who lost 30 market hogs following a vaccination...
18 April 2018
Pig Industry News from United States 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....
16 April 2018
Pig Industry News from United States Breeding sows without CD163 gene might ultimately eliminate PRRS virus
Sows 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 ultimately lead...
Pig Industry News from United States Iowa Select veterinarian taking a more targeted approach with antibiotics
Iowa Select Farms’ targeted approach to antibiotic use within its production system began well before the FDA’s expanded veterinary feed directive (VFD) rule....
10 April 2018
Pig Industry News from United States Influence Feed: China strikes back
Stay current on the latest food and agriculture issues impacting your business with Influence Feed by Zoetis. Influence Feed tracks the top 1,500 most influential voices across all segments of food and...
Pig Industry News from United States ‘Coopetition’ healthy for pork industry
Teaming up to share ideas and troubleshoot swine-health issues can be good for pork producers and the industry, said Joel Nerem, DVM, a swine veterinarian with Pipestone Veterinary Services, Pipestone,...
09 April 2018
Pig Industry News from United States Our strategy for eliminating M. hyo from breed-to-wean herds
Many pork producers still struggle with Mycoplasma hyopneumonia (M. hyo) in their herds. The pathogen remains one of the prevailing causes of enzootic pneumonia. Even though it’s primarily a chronic...
Pig Industry News from United States Batch farrowing offers smaller sow farms improved disease control
Independent 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, suggested David Baumert, DVM, Zoetis....
Pig Industry News from United States Antibiotic stewardship: What can the pork industry learn from human medicine?
With so much attention being placed on antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance, animal agriculture can sometimes feel as if it’s the only target. However, human medicine also is getting an overhaul,...
04 April 2018
Pig Industry News from European Union Thoughts of a PRRS specialist
Zoetis speaks to three PRRS scientists about the new European PRRS vaccine, Suvaxyn® PRRS MLV...
02 April 2018
Pig Industry News from European Union Zoetis launches Suvaxyn® PRRS MLV in the European Union
Zoetis announce the launch of Suvaxyn® PRRS MLV in most European Union countries, an innovative vaccine containing a modified live European Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) virus strain,...
Pig Industry News from United States Retailers setting their sights on pain management in pig production
Although antibiotics and sow housing have remained center stage in recent years, retailers are increasingly are putting pressure on producers to address pain management as part of their responsible-sourcing...
30 March 2018
Pig Industry News from United States How close are we to having a Strep suis vaccine for pigs?
Although antibiotics provide a treatment option for Streptococcus suis — a common, widespread bacterium in swine — long-term management hinges on an effective vaccine....
29 March 2018
Pig Industry News from United States Barn location can impact PRRS exposure risk
Several 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 reproductive...
22 March 2018
Pig Industry News from United States Influence Feed: Bracing for trade retaliation
Stay current on the latest food and agriculture issues impacting your business with Influence Feed by Zoetis. Influence Feed tracks the top 1,500 most influential voices across all segments of food and...
Pig Industry News from United States The cost of being wrong: Why cost-benefit analyses are replacing guesswork on swine farms
Cost-benefit analyses may be conducted prospectively to decide whether to implement an intervention or retrospectively to determine if an animal-health intervention was successful. Either way, they’re...
20 March 2018
Pig Industry News from United States The eve of disruption: How changes in retail and consumer trends might affect pork consumption - and production
Today, almost any product in the world is at your fingertips - literally. A mouse click or screen tap is all you need for access. And often you can get the item you covet delivered the next day - at no...
Pig Industry News from United States More planning required for feed medications in new VFD era
Planning, paperwork and prevention are the priorities on hog farms in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) expanded veterinary feed directive (VFD), which came onto the scene in January...
13 March 2018
Pig Industry News from United States Cull-sow market endangers foreign animal-disease prevention
The US cull-sow market could threaten containment plans if a foreign animal-disease (FAD) outbreak occurred in the US, according to Jim Lowe, DVM, associate professor at the University of Illinois....
07 March 2018
Pig Industry News from United States Influence Feed: Feedback on food and fuel policy
Stay current on the latest food and agriculture issues impacting your business with Influence Feed by Zoetis. Influence Feed tracks the top 1,500 most influential voices across all segments of food and...
05 March 2018
Pig Industry News from United States Zoetis introduces US pork industry’s first vaccine with two PCV2 Genotypes
Zoetis has introduced Fostera® Gold PCV MH, the U.S. pork industry’s first vaccine to include two genotypes of porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) — 2a and 2b....
02 March 2018
Pig Industry News from United States Premier issue of Pig Health Today magazine now available
The premier issue of Pig Health Today magazine is off the press and being mailed to some 10,000 pork producers, swine consultants and opinion leaders in the US. The colourful, 36-page magazine can also...
27 February 2018
Pig Industry News from United States Dee: Both pigs and caregivers suffered in antibiotic-free study
A study looking at how PRRS-challenged pigs performed in antibiotic-free production systems needed to be stopped for welfare reasons so the pigs could be treated with antibiotics, according to Scott Dee,...
23 February 2018
Pig Industry News from United States 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 veterinarian,...
Pig Industry News from United States Influence Feed: SNAP Judgments, 2019 Budget
Stay current on the latest food and agriculture issues impacting your business with Influence Feed by Zoetis. Influence Feed tracks the top 1,500 most influential voices across all segments of food and...
20 February 2018
Pig Industry News from United States USDA seeks comments on plans to modernise swine inspection
Spokespersons for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) made the rounds at the 2018 International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta to drum up support for proposed rules to modernize...
Pig Industry News from United States How long do mycoplasma-negative herds stay negative?
Most hog farms successfully stamp out mycoplasma pneumonia when they work with their veterinarian to eliminate the disease. The challenge is preventing reinfection....
14 February 2018
Pig Industry News from United States Healthy, stress-free GI tract is key to pigs’ long-term health
A healthy gastrointestinal (GI) tract is inextricably linked to the nervous system and is generally a strong predictor of a pig’s overall health, said a research veterinarian who specializes in animal...
06 February 2018
Pig Industry News from United States Steps to keep the incidence of stillborns at bay
The cause of stillborns in pig production varies widely, but it’s often connected to sow parity or infectious disease. Either way, stillborns are costly and need to be minimized for profitable, efficient...
05 February 2018
Pig Industry News from United States Food-chain specialist: Communicate the emotional side of pork production, not the technical
The food supply chain has changed dramatically in the past 20 years. “It’s so much more complex and consumer driven,” said Justin Ransom, supply chain strategist. “Today’s consumer can ask for...
 
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