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Adequate gilt acclimation helps minimize the PRRSV ‘tax’

As seen in PigHealthtoday.com By Clayton Johnson, DVM Carthage Veterinary Service Integrated Veterinary Network   Despite decades of intense research and tremendous deployment of resources, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) remains the most costly production disease among swine industries throughout the world. Although some progress has been made, it’s estimated that PRRS still costs

Genesus Global Technical Report, Big Data

By Nick Boddicker, Ph.D. Geneticist   Data collection and interpretation is a critical part to a swine genetics breeding program. Without data and its interpretation, genetic progress cannot be made. As technology evolves the ability to collect new data emerges, and a successful breeding company will capitalize on these new technologies. Furthermore, as technology evolves,

Genesus Global Technical Report, Minding Your Gilts’ Prenatal Environment

Minding Your Gilts’ Prenatal Environment Pius B. Mwansa, PhD   The lifelong performance of pigs is known to be affected by conditions during gestation (uterine) and early life (neonatal, 21 days after birth). Adverse conditions and stressors during gestation or nursing can have a negative impact on a gilts performance during their lifetime and can

Lessons learned from PRRS outbreak investigations

As seen in PigHealthtoday.com By Derald Holtkamp, MS, DVM Iowa State University, College of Veterinary MedicineAmes, Iowa It’s been three decades since veterinarians and researchers first recognized porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS).1 Despite years of research and experience, the disease still causes productivity losses in the US worth $664 million annually.2   Arguably, the

Why PRRS elimination doesn’t work in some herds, By Amber Stricker, DVM Suidae Health and Production Algona, Iowa

By Amber Stricker, DVM Suidae Health and Production Algona, Iowa As seen in PigHealthtoday.com Over the years, there’s been considerable progress in the development of strategies aimed at eliminating porcine respiratory and reproductive syndrome virus (PRRSV). I define successful PRRSV elimination as the absence of clinical disease in the breeding herd and, more importantly, the

Identification, treatment and prevention of shoulder lesions in sows

Shoulder lesions are most commonly observed in sows during the weeks following farrowing. Long periods of lying combined with poor body condition can increase the likelihood of sows developing shoulder sores. The prevalence of shoulder lesions varies greatly depending on farm and sow factors, with anywhere from 10 to 50% of sows being affected. Shoulder

Final Report: Development of Reagents and Serological Assays for Seneca Valley Virus

Project #: SHIC #SA1600754; NPB project #15-188 SHIC Principal Investigator: Steven Lawson Co-Investigators: E. Nelson, D. Diel, A. Singrey, T. Clement, J. Christopher-Hennings Institution:South Dakota State University Development of Reagents and Serological Assays for Seneca Valley Virus Industry Summary: The overall objective of this proposal was to develop and validate diagnostic reagents and tests for

Where is fiber fermented in the pig digestive tract?

Fiber is increasingly being added to pig diets, but digestion of fiber in pigs is inefficient and poorly understood. In a new study from the University of Illinois, scientists pinpoint the locations within the digestive tract where fiber is fermented. “We’re trying to figure out the specifics of fiber fermentation in pigs and what can

Breeding Pigs for Increased Natural Disease Resistance

  Background Disease resistance is the ability of a host to resist infection or exert control over the life cycle of a pathogen. There is evidence of genetic variation in response to disease for nearly every disease in livestock that has been thoroughly studied, supporting the utility of genomic selection to identify and breed livestock

Genesus Global Market Report: South East Asia Market

  South East Asia Market Paul Anderson, General Manager South East Asia , Genesus Inc ​paulanderson@genesus.com.   Thailand   Pig price in Thailand is THB 58/kg (USD 1.7) in early October. The price is forecast to get lower. Consumption is slow in the month because of school vacation and the vegetable festival later in the

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