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Monday, October 31, 2016

Part I - Should I build my barn on top of the hill or at the bottom of the hill?


Andreia Arruda, DVM PhD – Reprinted as appeared in Swine Health Monitoring Project report (9/30/16)


Key Points:
  • Swine sites located in areas with higher slope showed reduced incidence of PRRS virus breaks.
  • The conclusion above took into consideration swine density of the area, herd size, geographical location (“area effect”) and production system.

 How did the idea come up?

During a meeting with a swine producer, managers and veterinarians, a question was brought up on whether new swine sites should be built in “the top of the hill” for cases where this is an option. A literature search revealed that the effect of land altitude in the occurrence of disease outbreaks breaks had never been explored for PRRS.

Part II - Should I consider planting trees around my farm?

Andreia Arruda, DVM PhD – Reprinted as appeared in Swine Health Monitoring Project report 10/7/2016


Key points

  • In the previous Science Page, we stated that sites located higher on a slope have lower incidence of PRRS compared to sites at the bottom.
  • In an extension of this same study, we determined that sites located in areas with shrubs and trees had reduced incidence PRRS virus compared to sites located in cultivated/ managed areas
  • The project took into consideration swine density of the area, herd size, geographical location (“area effect”) and production system

What were we investigating?

As previously mentioned, we used data from over 700 swine sites participating in the Swine Health Monitoring Project that shared weekly PRRS incidence data.

Responsible Antibiotic Use & Common Swine Industry Audit Workshops Planned

Two workshops are scheduled to help pork producers prepare for the upcoming antibiotic changes and the Common Swine Industry Audit.

  • November 10 – Mankato, Country Inn and Suites, 1900 Premier Drive
  • November 11 – Marshall, SMSU Conference Center, 1501 State Street
Responsible Antibiotic Use portion of the workshop will be from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., with registration at 9:30 a.m. and the Common Swine Industry Audit workshop will be from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at both locations.

No cost to attend, but pre-registration is requested online through Minnesota Pork Board to ensure adequate materials are available. Attendees can register for the entire day or for just the antibiotic update or common audit portion.

2016 Farmland Rental Rates Workshops



Negotiating a fair rental agreement that satisfies the land owner and the farmer is a challenge. David Bau, Pauline Van Nurden, Gary Hachfeld and Nathan Hulinsky, Extension Educators in Ag Business Management, will provide several ways; by examples, factsheets and worksheets to determine a fair farm land rental rate for both parties.

Landlords, farmers, agri-business professionals should make plans to attend one of the informative meetings being held across Minnesota. These free meetings are being provided by the University of Minnesota Extension. Farm land rental rates have started to lower as corn and soybean prices continue to lower in 2016. Determining a fair farm rent agreement is a challenge in today’s economy with current significantly lower corn and soybeans prices in 2016 compared to recent record corn and soybean prices and record farm land values.

Position Opening for Swine Extension Educator



University of Minnesota Extension is recruiting for a Swine Extension Educator. Successful candidate will work with the other educators and faculty on the Swine Extension Team in working with pork producers and other industry professionals. The successful candidate will deliver educational programs while working with key collaborators. The focus of this position will be on pork production systems management. Consequently, the successful candidate must have the background and ability to address a wide range of disciplines and issues related to swine production.

Position location
: Marshall or Worthington Regional Extension Offices

Required Qualifications:

Master’s or Ph.D degree in animal science, agricultural engineering, reproductive physiology, agricultural economics or closely related field or DVM.

To see the complete position announcement and to apply visit: http://z.umn.edu/swineeducatorposition

Review of applications begins December 5, 2016; Position will remain open until filled.
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