Skip to main content


Showing posts from September, 2023

Episode 36: Senecavirus A seroprevalence in U.S. pig farms and biosecurity procedures to prevent indirect transmission.

In the podcast, Swine Extension Educator Sarah Schieck Boelke speaks with Guilherme Preis about his graduate research on the seroprevalence of Senecavirus A in U.S pig farms and biosecurity procedures to prevent indirect transmission. Listen to the podcast  (~33 minutes, recorded July 28, 2023) Learn more about research featured in the podcast Preis, G., Sanhueza, J. M., Vilalta, C., Vannucci, F. A., Culhane, M. R., & Corzo, C. A. (2022). Senecavirus A seroprevalence and risk factors in United States pig farms . Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 9, Article 1011975. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2022.1011975.

Research Spotlight - Bob Morrison’s Swine Health Monitoring Project has a website

Reprinted as posted on Swine in Minnesota blog August 25, 2023. The Morrison Swine Health Monitoring Project (MSHMP) has recently launched their publically available website. The website is designed to optimize MSHMP output dissemination within both the participant and industry communities. The website contains the following sections: Home, About, History, People, Reports, Outreach, Ongoing Projects, News, Resources and Contact Us. Check out the website to learn more and stay up to date on MSHMP. Read more about the website.  

Swine & U Column: U.S.- Swine Health Improvement Plan (SHIP)

By Diane DeWitte, UMN Extension Swine Educator Originally printed in The LAND - as the July 7, 2023 Swine & U Column US-SHIP is another acronym pig farmers and allied industry folks have encountered recently, generating questions about what it is, whether it is required, and where is it coming from. US-SHIP is the United States- Swine Health Improvement Plan, and it is open for all producers who raise pigs. In Minnesota US-SHIP is managed by the MN Board of Animal Health (BAH) and also overseen by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Veterinary Services. Additionally, swine industry leaders are involved in the development and management of a US-SHIP National Playbook of technical standards centering on prevention and demonstration of freedom of disease outside of control areas in support of animal health, commerce, and trade. Swine leadership across the country is involved in the UScreation of the national playbook, and Minnesota has several representatives at the

Attend the Allen D. Leman Conference

Join us for the 2023 Allen D. Leman Conference on September 16-19. Details are posted on the conference website . General sessions are planned for both days. Five concurrent tracks are planned on the first day of the conference during three separate breakout session times: Breakout session # 1 topics include: PRRS, Disease diagnostics, Secure Food Systems, Cost of production and Gene editing. Breakout session #2 topics include: Influenza and other respiratory diseases, Disease outbreak investigations, Shared ecosystems of feral and domestic pigs, Investing in robustness and Prop 12 - what’s next. Breakout session #3 topics include: Endemic commensal bacteria: Evaluating respiratory health, New developments in ASFV diagnostics, Industry programs to improve health and biosecurity, Productivity in difficult times and Resilience in swine communities Register on the conference website . Leman Conference will be held at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. See Location and Accommodations for lodging

Attend the 84th MN Nutrition Conference

Minnesota Nutrition Conference is scheduled for September 20 and 21 at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center , 1 Civic Center Plaza,Mankato, Minnesota. The theme this year is “Tools and Innovation in Sustainability!” The general session of the conference will introduce leaders and innovators that are working towards achieving sustainability goals in the animal feed industry. New this year is a full-day program for swine, poultry, dairy and beef on the second day. The pre-conference theme is “Got feed challenges? Rethinking nutrition for today and tomorrow’s productivity demands.” The pre-conference will be delivered by Danisco Animal Nutrition & Health/ IFF. The agenda can be found on the pre-conference tab of the website. Conference registration is $225 per person until September 15. After September 15 registration goes up to $275 per person and will only be accepted on-site. The conference hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn Mankato. Call the hotel at (507) 344-1111 to make r

Swine & U Column: Proper diet is vital to maintaining pig gut health

By Diane DeWitte, UMN Extension Swine Educator Originally printed in The LAND - as the August 4, 2023 Swine & U Column The University of Minnesota will soon host its annual MN Nutrition Conference in Mankato, a gathering for nutrition professionals who work with all barnyard species. More details can be found at the end of this article. This pig nutrition review from former UMN Extension Educator Dr. Mark Whitney highlights the importance of proper diet formulation to maintain gut health and prevent intestinal disease, especially in today’s pig production as we use fewer antibiotics. Additional discussion of probiotics and direct-fed microbials can be found in Pork Information Gateway’s (PIG) Feed Additives fact sheet . The digestive tract serves as a direct path for disease-causing organisms (pathogens) to enter the pig and cause disease. The intestine protects the pig from pathogens in several ways, it: Maintains a healthy natural community of “bugs” (microflora) in the gut.

Swine & U: Antibiotic Changes and Responsible Antibiotic Uses

By Sarah Schieck Boelke, UMN Extension Swine Educator Originally printed in The LAND - as the July 7, 2023 Swine & U Column Have you noticed any changes with injectable medications that you previously bought for your pigs or other livestock at your local farm supply store? If you haven’t, you will notice these changes the next time you want to purchase an injectable antibiotic for your pigs from a farm supply store. Especially if these antibiotics are considered medically important. The reason is because on June 11, 2023, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implemented Guidance for Industry (GFI) #263, which has drug companies of medically important antimicrobial drugs approved for use in animals to voluntarily bring over the counter (OTC) antibiotics under veterinary oversight by labeling them as prescription (Rx). What this means is many livestock antibiotics that were OTC will now be prescription medications. The affected antibiotics will still be available to livestock p

Certified Swine Sample Collector training

Iowa State University Swine Medicine Education Center will hold four, two-day training sessions for the Certified Swine Sample Collector program. These trainings will be geared towards individuals with limited swine experience and will include visits to breeding and grow-finish facilities. The dates of the trainings are: November 7–8 If you or someone you know would like to attend the training, please register online . If you’re unsure what the program entails, check out the training materials available on the Secure Pork Supply website . If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Justin Brown at or 515-294-4508

Recently published

Congratulations to the following swine faculty and educators from the Swine Extension team who have had their work published recently. Angulo, J., Yang, M., Rovira, A., Davies, P. R., & Torremorell, M. (2023). Infection dynamics and incidence of wild-type porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus in growing pig herds in the US Midwest . Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 217, Article 105976. Doi: 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2023.105976. Hernandez, A. D., Kantner, B., Santos, E., Major, S., Carr, R., & Li, Y. Z. (2023). The number of Oesophagostomum spp. Larvae recovered in coprocultures varies with media used. Journal of Helminthology, 97, Article e55; PII S0022149X23000391. Doi: 10.1017/S0022149X23000391. Medida, R. L., Sharma, A. K., Guo, Y., Johnston, L. J. , Urriola, P. E., Gomez, A., & Saqui-Salces, M. (2023). Dietary zinc supplemented in organic form affects the expression of inflammatory molecules in swine intestine. Animals, 13(15), Article 2519. Doi: 10.3390/ani1