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Research spotlight - A diagnostic approach to confirm Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae “Day Zero” for pathogen eradication

Reprinted as posted on Swine in Minnesota blog December 5, 2023 A recent study led by MycoLab researchers takes new steps to eliminating Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyopneumoniae), a bacterium that causes respiratory illness in pigs. M. hyopneumoniae is one of the most significant bacterial swine pathogens worldwide, impacting animal welfare and causing significant economic losses for the swine industry. The findings from this study demonstrate a diagnostic strategy aimed at helping to eliminate the pathogen from individual herds—and eventually, to eradicate it altogether. Continue to read about this research on the Swine in Minnesota blog post.
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Research spotlight - 2023 update from WCROC

The West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) swine group has had a busy year pursuing research projects funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Topic areas include tail biting, hybrid rye and developing an educational curriculum for undergraduate and graduate students. Read more about the NIFA sponsored projects being done in Morris, MN at the WCROC.

Register for 2024 SowBridge

Is it your New Year’s resolution to stay current with research and management techniques in the pork industry? If so, the SowBridge program is for you. SowBridge is a distance education series for people involved in managing or caring for sows, and/or their litters, and boars, including operation owners, caretakers, technicians, managers and technical service providers. SowBridge offers accurate and timely information on a variety of topics from experts. The first session is scheduled for February 7 so don’t hesitate to register. Learn more about the program and register.

Swine & U column:  Swine influenza research continues

By Diane DeWitte, UMN Extension swine educator Originally printed in The LAND - as December 22, 2023 Swine & U column Winter has arrived and we have seasonal disease concerns, both in the pig barn and with the caretakers. For the past three years we have been immersed in learning all we can about COVID-19, but the usual winter worries on the pig farm always include Swine Influenza Virus (SIV). Swine Influenza Virus can be simply referred to as the flu, but there’s nothing simple about it in the herd. Prior to COVID-19, the 2009 H1N1 (“swine flu”) pandemic was the worst human flu attack since 1918, and because its origins were a reassortment of human, bird and swine flu viruses, much research has occurred in the ensuing years to better understand flu in pigs and people. Influenza in Pigs Swine influenza virus is present in most swine herds across the country, and it appears to be a disease that many farms constantly live with. It’s a respiratory disease which affects all stages

Swine & U column:  Building understanding and vocabulary for sustainability journeys

By Erin Cortus, UMN Extension engineer Originally printed in The LAND - as January 5, 2024 Swine & U column The term sustainability is ubiquitous in modern agriculture, perhaps ad nauseam . While the common desire is to be infinite – as one farmer suggested as a replacement for sustainability – this presents different challenges through the supply chain. The demands look and feel different on and off the farm. Sustainability can become contentious when definitions of sustainability do not align because of different perspectives (e.g., global versus local), or different priorities for action. However, simply joining or starting sustainability conversations is needed more than ever. Sustainability, as a science, carries a vocabulary that can be daunting. However, there are some assumptions and analogies that I find useful as a starting point for discussions on and off farm. Assumptions are ideas we accept as true, without firm proof. I continually check these assumptions – and I enc