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

New Forage Seed Mixture Benefits Bees & Livestock

Jamie Johansen

In response to America’s urgent needs to protect pollinators and to support sustainable livestock farming, Grassland Oregon, a leading seed research and development company, has introduced a new seed mixture called Pastures for Pollinators. Proceeds from the sales of Pastures for Pollinators will be donated to further sustainable agriculture research programs. “We have put together a great formula with a …

Agribusiness, Audio, bees, environment, Feed, Grazing, Livestock, Research, sustainability

NAHMS Survey to Measure Antibiotic Use, Stewardship

Lizzy Schultz

USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) will begin asking pig farmers who have at least 1,000 pigs and farm in any of the top 13 pork-producing states about their on-farm antimicrobial use and their related stewardship practices this spring. Those states include Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and South Dakota. The …

Ag Group, Pork, Pork Checkoff, Research, Survey

Protein Snacks Could Lead to Improved Behavior

Jamie Johansen

Could protein-based snacks such as hard-boiled eggs lead to improved classroom behavior? According to the American Egg Board, that could be the case. Jennifer Best, Extension Educator at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, worked closely with school staff to test that theory on a small scale. Together they developed and launched a pilot project during the 2015-2016 school year …

AEB, Ag Group, Education, Eggs, Food, Protein, Research

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

Study of Antibiotic Use on Farms & Resistant Salmonella

Jamie Johansen

A team of interdisciplinary scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina and the Charleston VA Medical Center Research Service recently reviewed published literature for evidence of a relationship between antibiotic use in agricultural animals and drug-resistant foodborne Salmonella infections in humans, commonly known as salmonellosis. According to the 2013 CDC Antibiotic Resistance Threats Report, two of the eighteen pathogens …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Antibiotics, Research, Salmonella

USDA Releases First Report From 2015 Equine Study

Lizzy Schultz

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) has released the first report from its 2015 equine study, Baseline Reference of Equine Health and Management in the United States, 2015. The Equine 2015 study is the third national study of the U.S. equine industry from NAHMS. The equine studies were designed to further inform participants, industry, …

Animal Health, Equine, Horses, Research, usda

Examining Sustainability Factors in Chicken Production

Jamie Johansen

The results of a study released by the National Chicken Council (NCC) have detailed several environmental, economic and sustainability implications of raising slower growing chickens. The results reveal a sharp increase in chicken prices and the use of environmental resources – including water, air, fuel and land. “The NCC and its members remain committed to chicken welfare, continuous improvement and …

Ag Group, Chicken, National Chicken Council, Research, sustainability