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Showing posts from September, 2021

Research Spotlight: Average time sites stay in a naive PRRSV status: Preliminary results

Reprinted as posted on Swine in Minnesota blog . Adopted from September 3, 2021 Bob Morrison’s Swine Health Monitoring Project Friday rubric. Mariana Kikuti, Cata Picasso, Emily Geary and Cesar Corzo asses how long farms that choose to eliminate PRRSV from their herds remained as a naive status. Key Points Up to February 2021, 209 breeding herd moved to a PRRSV naive status a total of 259 times. On average, sites remained naive approximately two years before changing to a different status. Most naive sites moved to an active PRRSV break status in an average one and a half years. Continue reading on the Swine in Minnesota blog.

APHIS' ASF Action Week webinars

The week of September 13-17 the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is hosting African Swine Fever (ASF) Action Week with a series of webinars from 1 to 2:30 p.m. daily on various ASF topics. Click on the webinar links below to register for the topics you are interested in: Monday, September 13 - ASF: Where it Exists and What’s at Stake Tuesday, September 14 - Steps APHIS is Taking to Prevent and Prepare for ASF Wednesday, September 15 - ASF and the Benefits of Biosecurity Thursday, September 16 - What to Expect in an ASF Outbreak Friday, September 17 - ASF and the Feral Swine Factor

Attend the Allen D. Leman Conference

Join us for the 2021 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference September 18-21. This year’s conference will not be like any previous! It is going hybrid! Choose to join in person at the RiverCentre in downtown St. Paul or live-stream the conference from a distance. Recordings of all presentations will be posted online for every registrant to view. Fun social events and engaging conversations with more space than ever before. Details are posted on the conference website . Register now! Early bird registration has ended, but registration is still open. Register online to pay by credit card. Leman Conference will be held both virtually and at the Saint Paul RiverCentre . See Conference Location and Accommodations for lodging information. Leman Conference is presented by College of Veterinary Medicine, and University of Minnesota Extension.

Tips for fall manure management

Fall manure application is quickly approaching. Chryseis Modderman, Extension manure management educator and Melissa Wilson, Extension manure management specialist provide some reminders on best practices for manure applications and avoiding nutrient loss. Read the blog post on the Minnesota Crop News blog .

African Swine Fever now in the Dominican Republic

By Diane DeWitte, Extension swine educator Originally printed in The LAND - as August 20/August 27, 2021 Swine & U column On July 28, 2021, the USDA announced that it had identified African Swine Fever (ASF) in samples from the Dominican Republic. ASF has not yet infected U.S. swine herds. It has, however, made appearances in the western hemisphere in the past. Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti battled and eradicated ASF in their swine populations in the 1970s.   African Swine Fever (ASF) is a foreign animal disease (FAD) that North American swine producers and related industry has been planning not to have for many years. Although it is one of three FADs that the US livestock industry wants to keep out of the country, the other two, Classical Swine Fever (CSF) and Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) have infected US hogs and were eradicated long ago. CSF, also known as hog cholera, was stamped out in 1978, and FMD, which affects all split-hooved animals, was eradicated in 1929

AFS returns to the Caribbean: a podcast

The “At The Meeting...Honoring Dr. Bob Morrison” podcast crew made up of Dr. Montserrat Torremorell (College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota), Dr. Gordon Spronk (Pipestone Veterinary Services), and Dr. Tom Wetzell (Swine Veterinary Consultant) recently talked with Dr. Peter Fernandez, a former USDA APHIS senior executive who now works through PJF AgroStrategies Consulting, LLC to provide expertise to various U.S. agricultural industries and private entities. The group talked about the current African Swine Fever outbreak in the Dominican Republic. Listen to the podcast The podcast was recorded in collaboration with SwineCast.

Shurson speaks on Feedstuff 365 webinars

Recently UMN Swine Professor Jerry Shurson was the featured speaker on two separate Feedstuff 365 webinars. What a waste?! - In this webinar, Shurson discussed the sustainability of food animal production systems through the recycling of food waste streams into animal feed. New perspectives for evaluating risk of African Swine Fever virus contamination in feed - In this webinar, Shurson provides an understanding of the potential risks of African Swine Fever virus contamination in various global feed ingredient supply chains and provides recommendations for addressing the challenges identified.

MDA's livestock processing grant

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has a new grant program to assist Minnesota meat, egg, poultry and milk processors seeking to start up, modernize or expand their businesses. Grant applications are due by 4 p.m. Thursday, October 28. For more information and to apply, visit the AGRI Meat, Poultry, Egg, and Milke Processing Grant webpage .

Farm & rural stress resources

Farming can be a stressful occupation. As we move into harvest it is important for farmers to take care of themselves and their families. Minnesota has numerous resources to help with those coping with farm and rural stress. Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline Phone: 833-600-2670 for a 24/7 confidential and free chat with trained staff and volunteers Text: FARMSTRESS to 898211 Email: Minnesota also has two Rural Mental Health Counselors who work with farmers throughout Minnesota. No cost and no paperwork! Ted Matthews: 320-266-2390 Monica McConkey: 218-280-7785 The University of Minnesota Extension’s Farm and Rural Stress programs offer resources for those dealing with farming’s current challenges and struggles.

PQA & TQA Certification

In-person Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA+) and Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) certification sessions are being scheduled again. Upcoming certification sessions include the following dates and locations: Sept. 8 - Morris, MN - West Central Research & Outreach Center, 46352 State Highway 329 Nov. 18 - Stewartville, MN - American Legion Post 164, 1100 2nd Ave NW Dec. 2 - Mankato, MN - Minnesota Pork Board Office, 151 Saint Andrews Ct. Ste. 810 PQA+ certification is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon and TQA from 1 to 4 p.m. at all locations unless noted otherwise. Information for all PQA+ and TQA certification sessions scheduled for 2021 can be found on UMN Extension webpage under courses and events and searching for ‘PQA’ or ‘TQA’. Information can also be found on MN Pork Board's website ( ). Pre-registration is required by contacting Colleen at Minnesota Pork Board at or call 1-800-537-7675. PQA+ and TQA certification can be completed on

Recently published

Congratulations to the following swine faculty and educators from the Swine Extension Team who have had their work published recently. Culhane, M. , Garrido-Mantilla, J., Torremorell, M. , Spackman, E. (2020). Specimen Types, Collection, and Transport for Influenza A Viruses of Swine. Animal Influenza Virus, 3 ed., 2123, 273-280. Huang, C. Y., Fan, Z. J., Han., D. D., Johnston, L. J. , Ma, X., & Wang, F. L. (2021). Pyrroloquinoline quinone regulates the redox status in vitro and in vivo of weaned pigs via the Nrf2/HO-1 pathway. Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology, 12(1), 77. Doi: 10.1186/s40104-021-00595-x. Jang, J. C., Zeng, Z. K., Urriola, P. E., & Shurson, G. C. (2021). Effects of feeding corn distillers dried grains with solubles diets without or with supplemental enzymes on growth performance of pigs: a meta-analysis. Translational Animal Science, 5(2), txab029. Doi: 10.1093/tas/txab029. Manu, H., Lee, S., Keyes, M. C., Cairns, J., & Baidoo, S. K. (2021). Beh

Episode 26: Effect of supplemental water source on growth and performance of grow-finish pigs

In the podcast Swine Extension Educator Sarah Schieck Boelke speaks with current University of Minnesota graduate student Kelsey Hammers about a research project she helped with by analyzing the data. The research studied the effects of supplemental water source on growth and performance of grow-finish pigs. Listen to the podcast:   (recorded August 5, 2021) Learn more about research featured in the podcast Published in Journal of Animal Science , Volume 99, Issue Supplement 1, May 2021, Pages 64-65.