Swine Influenza and Wean-Finish Populations Andres Diaz, Ph.D. student, University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine, presents information the dynamics of influenza infections in a wean to finish population. Mr. Diaz suggested that wean pigs can be a source of influenza A virus to other swine populations and that the maternal immunity does not protect weaned pigs from influenza A virus infection but it did reduce transmission.
Looking at H3N2 Influenza A Virus in Swine Dr. Amy Vincent details USDA's influenza A virus (H3N2) surveillance program. Dr. Vincent highlights the infrastructure details that provide support plus outlines the sciences and protocols used in the surveillance. Dr. Vincent points out the challenges some of the vaccines have and what should be done at the human-animal interface.
Swine Influenza Virus Prevalence Matt Allerson, Ph.D. student, University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine, introduces what influenza A virus is and how it is classified. He shares information on the economic impact of influenza A virus to farms and offers some research on how to approach handling sick pigs to reduce the spread of influenza A virus.
Influenza & the Human-Animal Interface The flu season for pigs is starting up and there are actions barn staff can take to help limit exposure and improve surveillance. Several presentation to help with training and awareness on influenza A, surveillance, and human-animal interactions were shared at the 2103 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference.
Dr. Dyneah Classen points out the challenges of surveillance and management of swine influenza and observes that vaccination of the entire breeding herd can reduce viral shedding in both sows and suckling piglets [presentation video].
Dr. Joni Scheftel offers a public health perspective on the influenza A virus and the human-interface. She highlights action steps taken in 2013 to educate people in Minnesota about exposure to pigs through out the year, like at fairs and live markets [presentation video].
Dr. Amy Vincent details USDA's influenza A virus (H3N2) surveillance program. Dr. Vincent points out the challenges some of the vaccines have and what should be done at the human-animal interface [presentation video].
Nutrition and Lameness This session, from the 2013 Leman Swine Conference, looks into bone strength, lameness, and clinical diagnosis approaches and research.
Dr. Tom Crenshaw looks that the nutritional aspects of pig lameness. Dr. Crenshaw looks at the clinical diagnosis of skeletal integrity in swine and what swine professionals need to understand to monitor and address lameness issues [presentation video].
Dr. Darin Madson looks into the what diagnostic labs are seeing as it relates to pig lameness. Dr. Madson shares that the bone is a dynamic organ in pigs. His take aways: lameness is an industry issue and clinical assessments are important [presentation video].
Dr. Pedro Urriola highlights the nutritional management information of pigs to help production teams succeed. Dr. Urriola recommends using nutritional models to determine objective and dynamic requirements [presentation video].