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

Find-A-Vet Tool Helps U.S. Pig Farmers Locate a Vet

Jamie Johansen

Find-A-Vet is a tool created by GlobalVetLINK that helps U.S. pig farmers search for a veterinarian for their animals. The Pork Checkoff is making this online tool more accessible to all producers by linking it directly to the Pork Checkoff. The online tool allows animal owners to quickly find a veterinarian in their area who offers services, such as the …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Pig, Pork, Pork Checkoff, 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

Swine Health Monitoring Project Update

Jamie Johansen

The 2016 North American PRRS Symposium took place over the weekend in Chicago, IL and researchers and swine vets from across the globe gathered to continue the control of the deadly swine disease. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. (BIVI) once again sponsored a session focused on prevention. Bob Morrison, University of Minnesota, started off the morning by giving an update on …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine, Veterinary

Pig Farmers Pay-It-Forward with #HamsAcrossAmerica

Jamie Johansen

This Giving Tuesday, the Pork Checkoff is encouraging pig farmers to pay-it-forward with a new holiday campaign called #HamsAcrossAmerica. This first-annual event encourages farmers and others involved in the pork industry to show their appreciation for friends, family and neighbors through the gift of ham – in the form of gifts or donations of ham or ham-based products. “For pig …

Ag Group, Food, Pig, Pork, Pork Checkoff, Swine

Aptimmune Part of The Yield Lab Ag Tech Accelerator

Jamie Johansen

Chosen from among 120 applicants, Aptimmune Biologics was selected by The Yield Lab to participate in a nine-month program designed to support emerging ag tech companies. Aptimmune Biologics is developing and will soon launch innovative autogenous mucosal vaccines to help producers prevent major swine viral diseases. “We are honored that The Yield Lab has chosen to invest in Aptimmune and …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Swine, Technology, Vaccine

U.S. Pork Industry Seeks the Pig Farmers of Tomorrow

Jamie Johansen

The Pork Checkoff is launching a new national awards program to recognize, inspire and connect the next generation of American pig farmers. Through Nov. 22, the National Pork Board is seeking applications from young producers to become one of the 2017 Pig Farmers of Tomorrow. The new award will recognize future farm leaders, ages 18-29, who intend to make pig …

Ag Group, Pork, Pork Checkoff, Swine