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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Can Biosecurity Measures Prevent PEDV Transmission?


By Yonghyan Kim, My Yang, Sagar M. Goyal, Maxim C-J. Cheeran, and Montserrat Torremorell University of Minnesota-College of Veterinary Medicine


Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus is highly contagious.

The 2013 Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus' (PEDV) outbreak in the USA taught the swine industry that the virus is highly contagious. This event forced producers and veterinarians to review and upgrade their biosecurity procedures.

Drs. Torremorell, Cheeran, and Goyal from the University of Minnesota evaluated some of these measures and how they can prevent PEDV transmission.

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Sample and Diagnostic Types for Early Detection of Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae

By Maria Pieters, Jason Daniels, Albert Rovira
University of Minnesota- College of Veterinary Medicine; Present location: John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 


Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae is the causative agent enzootic pneumonia, an economically significant disease in pigs. In this study published by Drs. Pieters and Rovira from the University of Minnesota, pigs experimentally inoculated with M.hyopneumoniae were sampled 0, 2, 5, 9, 14, 21 and 28 post-inoculation.

New Extension Swine Educator Joins the Swine Extension Team

In mid-March Diane DeWitte joined the UM Extension Livestock team as an Educator specializing in swine, located at the Mankato Regional Extension office. DeWitte will work with current swine educator Sarah Schieck to provide programming for pork producers across Minnesota.

DeWitte previously served nine years as the University of Minnesota Extension Ag educator in Le Sueur and Blue Earth Counties where she provided livestock & crops education and managed the Master Gardener programs. She is part of the Minnesota Pork Quality Assurance (PQA+ and TQA) training team and is a familiar face teaching PQA+ and TQA certifications to swine producers.

Midwest Farm Energy Conference


The 2017 Midwest Farm Energy Conference is scheduled for June 13 - 14, 2017 at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC), Morris. The conference will highlight energy efficient systems for Midwest dairies (June 13), as well as for swine production systems (June 14).

Early bird pricing is available until April 1, 2017 and will increase after that. Several registration packages are available for the conference including full conference, single day option, student pricing and the option to attend the keynote dinner only. Visit the registration page for pricing options and to register online.

Women in Ag Workshop


By Betty Berning, UMN Ag Business Management Extension Educator


Women in Agriculture Network (WAGN) will be hosting a farm transition and estate planning program, "Where Do I Begin?", as its next quarterly seminar.

The event takes place June 6, 2017 at the Halstad Legion Recreation Center (580 2nd Ave. West, Halstad, MN 56548). Registration is at 9:00 a.m. with the program running from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The fee is $20, which covers the cost of lunch. Payment can be made the day of event. To register, please visit: http://z.umn.edu/junewagn.

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Farm Safety Check: Keeping Children Safe

As spring planting gets underway I thought the below article by UMASH (Upper Midwest Agriculture Safety and Health Center) was very timely.

Every three days, a child dies in an agriculture-related incident, and each day, 33 children are injured. This is according to the 2017 Childhood Agricultural Injuries Fact Sheet compiled by the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety.

Evening PQA Plus Certification to be Held

An evening PQA (Pork Quality Assurance) Plus certification training is planned for June 28 in Mankato, MN.

Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: MN Pork Board Office, 151 Saint Andrews Ct. Ste. 810, Mankato, MN

Pre-registration is requested to Colleen at MN Pork Board at colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

PQA Plus and TQA Certification Classes Coming Up

Are you current with your Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus and/or Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) certification? Upcoming training and certification classes include the following dates:

  • May 17 - Hutchinson, MN - McLeod County Fairgrounds Commercial Building, 840 Century Ave
  • June 14 - Mankato, MN - MN Pork Board Office, 151 Saint Andrews Ct., Suite 810
  • July 19 - Marshall, MN - AmericInn, 1406 E. Lyon St.
PQA Plus certification is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. - noon and TQA from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at all locations.

For more information or to register for a course, go to Minnesota Pork Board website and click on Farmer Resources or contact Colleen at MN Pork Board or call 1-800-537-7675.

SAVE THE DATE! 78th Minnesota Nutrition Conference


September 20th - 21st plan on attending the 78th Minnesota Nutrition Conference in its new location at City Center Hotel in Mankato.

Registration will be opening soon.

We are pleased to welcome DuPont as the sponsor of the Pre-conference Symposium with a focus on "Nutrition in the Future."

The theme of this year's General Session is "The Future of Animal Production." The program agenda and speakers will be posted on the conference website soon.

The Minnesota Nutrition Conference is the Upper Midwest's premier forum for communicating leading edge, research-based information to advance nutrition and nutritional management of beef, dairy, equine, poultry and swine.

Recertify for PQA Plus and TQA Online

Do you need to recertify for PQA Plus and/or TQA but a face-to-face training isn't at a convenient location or time for you? You can recertify for PQA Plus and TQA online!

NEW since June 2016 for PQA Plus and NEW since March 2017 for TQA, anyone can complete PQA Plus and TQA certification online. No matter if you are seeking certification for the first time or your certification has expired.

In order to get online training access a person must contact a PQA Plus Advisor or TQA Advisor to be granted access to those respective programs. Your University of Minnesota Swine Extension Educators Sarah Schieck and Diane DeWitte serve as PQA Plus Trainers and TQA Advisors so feel free to reach out to us to gain access to online training for PQA plus and TQA.

Upcoming Events Calendar


May 2017
May 3 - SowBridge program - "Hidden Impact of Heat Stress on Pregnant Sows and Their Piglets"
May 17 - PQA Plus/TQA certification, Hutchinson, MN
May 31 - SowBridge program - "Responding to On-Farm Disasters"

June 2017
June 1 - PorkBridge program - "Responding to On-Farm Disasters"
June 7-9 - World Pork Expo, Des Moines, IA
June 13-14 - Midwest Farm Energy Conference, Morris, MN
June 14 - PQA Plus/TQA certification, Mankato, MN
June 28 - PQA Plus ONLY, Mankato, MN - EVENING SESSION

July 2017
July 5 - SowBridge program - "Managing Large Litters"
July 19 - PQA Plus/TQA certification, Marshall, MN
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