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Describing the cull sow and cull hog market networks in the US: A pilot project

Reprinted as posted on UMN Swine Disease Eradication Center's Swine in Minnesota blog.  Please note this project was done by Dr. Jim Lowe at the University of Illinois and not by UMN, but shared through the Science Page as part of Bob Morrison's Swine Health Monitoring Project.
This project was designed to help answer the questions, "what is the range of locations of sows that enter a slaughter plant?", "how many stops along the way do they make?" and "how long do they remain in the slaughter channel?" Currently there is little data to investigate such questions allowing the industry and regulators to make informed decisions about how to respond to an animal disease outbreak. This project set out to collect data from a harvest plant to see if such information could help answer these questions allowing the industry and animal health officials to better make decisions to prevent and control animal health emergencies.

Click here to read the entire report on the cull sows and cull hogs market.
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