Understanding the Infection Chain Dr. David Baumert, Cargill Pork, shares how the research on circovirus are being conducted. Dr. Baumert explains the infection chain and then outlines approaches to understanding infections in production herds.
PCV2 Genomic Behavior Dr. Michael Murtaugh presents the work he and Dr. Cheryl Dvorak, University of Minnesota, have done to better understand circovirus (PCV2 ) and its genomic behaviors. Some of their results discovered: PCV2 is a highly conserved virus displaying limited genetic diversity in the United States, and vaccination effectively controls porcine circovirus associated diseases (PCVAD) and reduces infectious pressure, but does not eliminate virus.
Are Feed Prices Good or Bad? Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, Inc., provides context about how last fall's government shut down impacted the economics of pork production and what data was missing. Dr. Meyer also provided insights on what is on the horizon for meat supplies and their prices.
Do You Know Your Ps? Dr. Pete Lasley, Murphy-Brown of Missouri, LLC, covers basic information on PRRS and PEDV to help farm management and staff better manage their herds. Dr. Lasley also provides a timely update on PEDV in North America.