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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:

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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.