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

USDA Approves VaxLiant Adjuvants for Vaccines

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA has just approved six adjuvants from VaxLiant that can be added to vaccines to help improve the resulting immune response in cattle and swine. “What this means is that companies can bring new vaccines to market using a shorter timeline, since we already have conducted the research needed to confirm safety for these ENABL adjuvants,” says Steve Schram, VaxLiant …

Animal Health, Cattle, Pork, Swine, usda

Researchers Study New Animal Deworming Agent

Jamie Johansen

After two moderate doses of a bacteria-derived protein were fed to worm-infected swine in an experiment, all intestinal roundworm larvae in the swine were damaged or destroyed and the infection was nearly completely eliminated, according to U.S. Department of Agricultur (USDA) and University of California-San Diego scientists. The research team included microbiologist Joseph Urban and his colleagues at the USDA …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Deworming, Research, Swine, usda, Vaccine

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