From the 2013 Iowa Pork Congress, Iowa State Extension Swine Vet Dr. Jim McKean overviewed changes in antibiotic availability, and in this excerpt detailed what we might expect as our practices come under closer scrutiny by those regulating authorities. This 15 minute selection is well worth your time and that of your management staff. Full video of presentation at 2013 Iowa Pork Congress page.
PRRS: Where Is It? Dr. Kurt Rossow, DVM, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, University of Minnesota, has been working on disease mapping (to support PRRS elimination efforts), making it a useable digital tool for farm participants. What has been learned about digitizing map data? Are you comfortable with other people seeing your results as soon as you do? And the interpretation of maps and related data can vary.
Eliminating PRRS Dr. David Wright, DVM, Voluntary Regional PRRS Elimination Project Coordinator in Minnesota, shares updates on the ongoing efforts to control and eliminate PRRS. The project started in 2004 and now encompasses six counties north of HWY 212. Some of the challenges to the project include farm participation, communication, and regular surveillance testing.
What is the PRRS "High Season" Dr. Scott Dee, DVM, Director of Swine Research for Pipestone Veterinary Clinic, looks at PRRS and what has happened in the past several years during the "high season". Dr. Dee suggests there is a new normal for PRRS, with filter farms doing well but infection of non-filtered farms in "isolated regions" with no physical connection are occurring more often. Take aways: The airborne risk of PRRSV continues to increase and collaboration is more important than ever.