Merck Adds to Swine Technical Services Team

Jamie Johansen

Merck Animal Health announced that Mark Engle, D.V.M, MS, has joined the company as a senior technical services manager for the Swine Business Unit. Dr. Engle received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Iowa State University and his master of science from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Engle has worked in private practice and swine farm management, as well …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Merck, Pork, Swine

USDA Approves First PEDv Vaccine

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA this week granted the first conditional license for a vaccine against Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) to Harrisvaccines of Ames, Iowa. The vaccine, utilizing Harrisvaccine’s SirraVaxSM RNA Particle Technology, had already been available by prescription only, but now the conditional approval allows it to be sold directly to swine producers battling PEDv. The vaccine is used on sows who …

Animal Health, Swine, usda, Veterinary

Topigs & Norsvin Announce Merger During WPX14

Joanna Schroeder

A major announcement was made during this year’s 2014 World Pork Expo: TOPIGS International and Norsvin International have merged into one company: Topigs Norsvin. The merger will create a global swine breeding company with annual revenues in excess of US $179 million. The newly merged company’s headquarters will be located in Vught, the Netherlands. TOPIGS Nederland, Varkens K.I. Nederland and …

Animal Health, Audio, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo

Iowa Swine Day to Discuss Hot Topics in Pork

Jamie Johansen

The pork industry’s response to federal action phasing out some antibiotics used to promote growth in hog production will be discussed June 26 at the third annual Iowa Swine Day at Iowa State University. “Presentations at Iowa Swine Day will provide current, science-based information on the topic of antibiotic growth promotion, its relationship with human health and how new federal …

Ag Group, Antibiotics, Events, Pork, Swine

BIVI Explains ARC Programs & Swine Disease Control

Joanna Schroeder

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica (BIVI) has been utilizing area regional control (ARC) programs with swine producers for more than six years. During their PEDV is Speaking: Are We Listening ? seminar at 2014 World Pork Expo, Dr. Erin Johnson, DVM, technical manager, PRRS Solutions Team explained that the goal of the ARC program, is to voluntarily get a group of producers …

Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo

ISU's Dr. Gauger Explains All Things PEDV

Joanna Schroeder

The emergence of PEDV took the U.S. by storm and according to Dr Phillip Gauger, with Iowa State University, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, between April 28 – May 4, 2013 they had four separate ISU-VDL submissions – one from Indiana and three from Iowa – from farms with no relationship. He and his team realized after running diagnostic tests that more …

Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pork, Research, Swine, World Pork Expo

5-Year PRRS Swine Health Monitoring Project Update

Joanna Schroeder

Dane Goede is a PhD student at the University of Minnesota and during grad school, he began working on the then, fairly new, Swine Health Monitoring Project. Today, he has the opportunity to continue working on the project and during a media dinner hosted by Boehringer Ingelheim (BIVI), attendees had the opportunity to learn about the results of the 5-Year …

Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo

NPPC Industry Relations Update

Joanna Schroeder

Dr. Howard Hill, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) president, veterinarian and producer from Cambridge, Iowa officially kicked off the 26th annual World Pork Expo 2014 (WPX) during a media press conference. He noted that WPX is the largest trade show and exhibition in the world and attendance was nearly 20,000 people over the three day show. Last year there were …

Agribusiness, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, NPPC, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo

AP Presents Hog Swine-asty at WPX

Cindy Zimmerman

Uncle Pig-Sty and the whole Hogerson clan were happy, happy, happy at World Pork Expo as Automated Production Systems (AP) presented Hog Swine-asty for this year’s theme – and that’s a fact, Jack.. Every year AP has a different theme for their tender whole roast hog and they really go “whole hog” with costumes, music and even fun audience participation. …

Equipment, Pork, Swine, Video, World Pork Expo

NPPC Environmental Issues Update

Cindy Zimmerman

National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) president-elect Dr. Ron Prestage of South Carolina provided an update on some environmental issues on the forefront for the hog industry during World Pork Expo last week. First of all, Prestage says pork producers are encouraged by Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy, who has been in the position for the past year or so. …

Animal Health, Audio, environment, Government, NPPC, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo