Listening to What PEDv is Saying

Cindy Zimmerman

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) is a wake up call for the United States swine industry and we better listen, according to Dr. Dale Polson with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica (BIVI) who spoke to producers meeting last week in North Carolina for a swine health seminar. “We’ve got some things we’ve got to get in order in terms of risk of …

Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine

Impact of Stress on Gut Health in Swine

Cindy Zimmerman

Stress is an important factor which it comes to gastrointestinal (GI) diseases in both animals and humans, as anyone with ulcers can attest. Dr. Adam Moeser with North Carolina State University spoke at the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica (BIVI) Swine Health Seminar last week about how stress factors can specifically have an influence on how swine react to pathogens. “We know …

Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine

Veterinarians, Producers Gain New Tool to Assess Residue Risk

Jamie Johansen

Swine veterinarians can help pork producers measure the farm risk level for violative residues in pork with the new Swine Residue Risk Assessment app. The free app is available in the Apple® App Store® for iPad® devices. “This app is a simple way to review practices and evaluate risk levels before your product enters the pork supply,” said Michael Senn, …

Agribusiness, Apps, Swine

Vaccine Options for PEDv

Cindy Zimmerman

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) was the primary topic of presentations at the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica (BIVI) North Carolina Swine Health Seminar last week and veterinary pathologist Dr. Steven Krakowka discussed what they have learned so far from the genomic study of the disease. Looking down the road toward vaccination options, Krakowka said the best approach is to study disease …

Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine

PEDv Transmission Research

Cindy Zimmerman

As Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) spread rapidly throughout the swine producing areas after it was introduced to the United States last year, a key to controlling the disease has focused on how it is spread. At the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Swine Health Seminar in North Carolina last week, Bob Morrison with the University of Minnesota said they recently concluded …

Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine

PED Diagnostics Update

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. hog industry has learned a great deal about Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) since it was first discovered here in the spring of 2013 and producers got an update on that during the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica North Carolina Swine Health Seminar this week. Dr. Rodger Main, Director of Operations for the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, says …

Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine

BIVI CEO Kissel Meets North Carolina Hog Producers

Cindy Zimmerman

Dr. Albrecht Kissel moved from his native Germany to Missouri in 2011 to become the president and CEO of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica (BIVI) and this year he had the chance to attend the company’s annual North Carolina Swine Health Seminar. Trained as a veterinarian, Kissel has been with BI since 1993 and he shared a little bit about BIVI and …

Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine

Gesdate App Puts Herd in Your Hand

Cindy Zimmerman

A new iPhone app called GESDATE for swine producers to digitally track breeding, gestation, farrowing dates, litters, vaccinations, and more. From conception to sale or harvest day, GESDATE moves swine operations to a new tier of herd organization and management, giving producers unprecedented real-time access to farm data, and introduces a remarkable farm staff collaboration tool. All of these features …

Apps, Livestock, Swine, Technology

Join the #RealPigFarming Conversation

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Pork Board has launched a new campaign called #RealPigFarming, that uses major social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to educate the general public about the pork industry. Cindy Cunningham with the Pork Board explains that the campaign involves real pig farmers – from their barns, from their chores everyday, when they’re outside working. “They’re posting information about …

Audio, Farming, Pork, Social Media, Swine, Technology

Feeding for 30® Forum Focus on Sow Longevity

Cindy Zimmerman

Sow longevity was the focus of the Feeding for 30® Forum at the recent World Pork Expo. This third annual forum was hosted by Purina Animal Nutrition, DSM Nutritional Products and Zinpro Corporation. During the forum, producers and industry representatives discussed the importance of a balanced herd parity structure, gilt development, nutrition and feeding, and management for achieving greater sow …

Animal Health, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo