Respected Swine Vet Killed in Car Crash in Czech Republic

Jamie Johansen

We send prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Bob Morrison, a professor in the Swine Group at the University of Minnesota. Bob died in a traffic accident in the Czech Republic on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Others in the swine community killed in the crash were Deb Spronk, 60, wife of swine veterinarian Gordon Spronk, and Pam …

AASV, Boehringer Ingelheim, PRRS, Research, Swine

The ZMAC Difference in Aptimmune’s Barricade

Jamie Johansen

The ZMAC cell line is one piece to the Barricade puzzle. Recently launched by Aptimmune, Barricade is the latest vaccine formulation technology. Aptimmune’s Dr. Gabriela Calzada-Nova, specializes in viral immunology and takes us through the ZMAC difference when it comes to the fight against PRRS in swine houses across the country. “ZMAC cells are wonderful sub-strates that allow PRRS virus …

AASV, Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, Pig, Pork, PRRS, Research, Vaccine

Mucosal Immunity from Aptimmune – Filling A Gap

Jamie Johansen

Filling a market void is what Aptimmune Biologics has done with their launch of Barricade. Since 1996 when the first PRRS hit the market there have been great successes. However, the disease continues to evolve and vaccine solutions have not kept up with the challenges the virus has brought to us. Dr. Bob Nordgren, Aix Bio Consulting, said in the …

AASV, Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, Pig, Pork, PRRS, Research, Vaccine

Aptimmune’s Barricade, A Vaccine Formulation Tech for Pigs

Jamie Johansen

Founded in 2010 by Dr. Federico Zuckermann, Aptimmune Biologics has meshed together some of the best in class technologies into a product able to deliver revolutionary results to producers. Barricade is the latest in vaccine formulation technology brought to producers exclusively by Aptimmune. Launched as an autogenous product, the intranasal mucosal inactivated vaccine for PRRS, brings together the best concepts …

AASV, Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, Pig, Pork, PRRS, Research, Swine, Technology, Vaccine

ISU & Aptimmune Join Forces On PRRSV Research

Lizzy Schultz

The Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is teaming up with Aptimmune Biologics Inc. to develop innovative solutions to fight costly viral swine diseases, including Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV). The agreement enables Iowa State to use Aptimmune’s patented ZMAC cell line to isolate PRRSV from diagnostic samples. The ZMAC cell line is derived from porcine alveolar macrophages, …

Agribusiness, Health, PRRS, Research, Swine, University

A History Lesson on Shed & Spread of PRRS

Jamie Johansen

Dr. Roger Main, Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, gave the 2016 North American PRRS Symposium a history lesson on PRRS and the impact vaccinations have played in it’s control during a Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. sponsored session. “We are 30 years into the virus being alive and well in North America. We are 20 years past the initial …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pig, Pork, PRRS, Swine, Veterinary

Biosecurity and the Control of PRRS

Jamie Johansen

Strategies to help producers control, eliminate infectious diseases like PRRS is at the forefront of researchers minds throughout the country. The 2016 North American PRRS Symposium brings all those like minded folks together to share their discoveries and theories with peers. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) again hosted a seminar during the event focused on building on the best practices …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pork, PRRS, Research, Swine, Veterinary

Pork Producers Working Together to Control PRRS

Jamie Johansen

Dr. Erin Lowe is the Technical Manager for the Solutions Team at Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. (BIVI) and has been a driving force behind the Area Regional Control (ARC) programs fight against the control of PRRS. The 2016 North American PRRS Symposium was held over the weekend in Chicago and Dr. Lowe took time to share how the ARC programs …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pork, PRRS, Swine, Veterinary

Big Data in Swine Health – Measure, Model, Fix

Jamie Johansen

When the term ‘big data’ is used in agriculture, we generally think crops. However, we are hearing it more and more in animal agriculture circles. “Big data and models: Are they really useful in disease management?” turned the conversation towards swine health at the 2016 North American PRRS Symposium as Dr. Jim Lowe, University of Illinois, took the stage during …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pork, PRRS, Research, Swine, Veterinary

Zoetis Sponsors PRRSv Research Fellowship

Lizzy Schultz

Zoetis has sponsored a postgraduate fellow who is beginning a new study at Iowa State University that may provide some insight in the management of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus (PRRSv). The study seeks to identify herd-specific best practices to prevent, control and/or eliminate PRRS virus. Although pork researchers have learned much over the years about how this virus …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Health, Pig, Pork, PRRS, Research, Veterinary, Zoetis