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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Coping with shortage of Vitamin A and E in swine diets

By: Jae Cheol Jang, Lee Johnston, Jerry Shurson and Pedro Urriola - University of Minnesota
Reprinted as posted on Swine Minnesota blog.

In January, the swine nutritionist team at the University of Minnesota shared in National Hog Farmer, how to cope with the shortage of vitamins A and E in swine diets.

Usually, vitamins A and E are added to swine diets at up to 4 times the recommendation made by the National Research council. This is due in part to the variability of requirements in swine. However, a system-wide approach could help the industry to cope with the increase in price and the limited supply.

UMN Swiine Extension Podcasts

Episode 4: Coping with shortage of vitamins A and E in swine diets is now available on our
UMN Swine Extension Podcastschannel.

In this episode Sarah Schieck, UMN Swine Extension Educator talks to Jae-Cheol Jang, Postdoctoral Associate with UMN Department of Animal Science about his research on coping with the shortage of vitamins A and E in swine diets as a result of a fire as a production facility in Germany and the closure of a manufacturing facility in China.

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Bob Morrison Legacy Fund

Help us extend Bob Morrison's legacy of service to the global swine industry! We are the team that Bob built-headquartered here at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine but reaching around the world.

Working with his colleagues and the people Bob mentored, we have identified five initiatives to strengthen his legacy:
  1. Creating new opportunities for the finest veterinary students to study and work with the world's leading swine-related practices and companies.
  2. Funding to develop future industry leaders through graduate education in swine health, production and economics.
  3. Creating opportunities to pair practicing swine veterinarians with the college's faculty to collaboratively identify problems, create solutions and build practitioner capacity in swine production and economics.
  4. Providing in-depth technical support to the swine industry in areas such as statistics, research trial design, data management and economic analysis.
  5. Strengthening global connections to develop solutions to emerging needs of the swine industry.
  6. These initiatives will help the swine industry achieve the next level of success in a highly competitive world. We need your help to make these initiatives a reality.

Chryseis Modderman hired as Extension Educator, Crops - Manure Management

Chryseis Modderman has recently joined the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota as a new crops Extension Educator focusing on manure management. She is from a farm family in west central Minnesota (south of Benson) and has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy from Southwest Minnesota State University, and a Master of Science degree in plant pathology from North Dakota State University while working as a research specialist. Chryseis will collaborate with farmers and researchers to identify and address manure management needs across Minnesota. Through educational programs, she will provide practical and economical insight for both crop and livestock producers.

Secure Pork Supply

By: Diane DeWitte, Swine Extension Educator
Originally printed in The Land - February 7, 2018 -

State and federal officials, collaborating with the National Pork Board, industry and universities, are currently rolling out Secure Pork Supply information to swine producers. In Minnesota, Dr. Dave Wright is working with Minnesota Board of Animal Health to inform producers, veterinarians, and producer groups how they can participate in the program.

The purpose of the Secure Pork Supply plan is to provide pork producers with a workable continuity of business plan should a Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) occur. In the event of a FAD outbreak, livestock movement would be restricted, and preparation for such a catastrophe is the best way to ensure that producers could continue to move animals off of the farm and move products to market.

Tell us about the impact on VFD rules on your herd

We would like to learn how the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rules that went into effect January 1, 2017 have affected your management as well as the health of your animals. Michigan State University Extension, in partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension and other Land-Grant Universities nationwide, is conducting a survey of farmers who raise and manage dairy or beef cattle, pigs, sheep or goats. We want to learn about changes that have occurred, in response to the VFD rules, in terms of your use of antibiotics, health of your herd and, in your relationship with your veterinarian.

The survey is open from now until April. All responses are confidential and your participation is voluntary.

Swine Production Seminar March 21 in Okoboji, IA

UMN Extension is co-sponsoring a swine production seminar along with Iowa State University Extension, Hubbard and Elanco on March 21 at Arrowwood Resort Conference Center (1405 Hwy 71) in Okoboji, IA.

Speakers and Topics

9:30 a.m.        Registration and Welcome

10:00 a.m.      Production Practices & Social Responsibility; What can we Expect
                       Sara Crawford, National Pork Board

11:00 a.m.      Industry Update - Producer Prospective
                       John Schwartz, Schartz Farms Inc.
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