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Swine Health - General Disease
Attempts to Broaden Cross-Protective Immunity Against Swine Influenza Viruses
Swine influenza is an economic burden to pig producers due to decreased feed consumption, weight loss, and increased death loss that often occurs from secondary bacterial infections. In addition,...
Swine Health-Foreign Animal Disease
Detection of African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV) in Pork Meat Products by PCR Assay
African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious viral disease causing high mortality in members of the Suidae family. Besides animal health, the disease also imposes serious economic consequences,...
AS- Swine Nutrition
Nutritional Strategies to Reduce Nursery-Finisher Disease Severity
Our goal was to better understand how to nutritionally manage poor-health pig flows to maximize pig performance in the face of disease pressures. Two objectives were addressed in three experimental...
Swine Health-PRRS
Field Investigation of the Effect of PRRSV Genetic Variability on Time-to-Stability
The porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is one of the most economically important swine endemic disease in the United States, causing losses of about $664 million annually. One...
Swine Health - General Disease
Fecal Microbiome Transplantation as a Preventive Strategy Against Gut-Dysbiosis and Porcine Post-Weaning Diarrhea
Post-weaning diarrhea (PWD) caused by enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) is an economically important disease in weaned piglets. Currently, antibiotics are used in the swine industry to control...
Swine Health - General Disease
Broadening Cross-Protective immunity against swine influenza viruses: A path forward a universal influenza vaccine
Influenza A virus – swine (IAV-S), commonly also known as swine influenza virus (SIV), is the cause of acute, severe respiratory disease in pigs and is considered one of the top three health...
Swine Health-Foreign Animal Disease
Small-Scale, In-Barn Carcass Management Exploration
A foreign animal disease outbreak or other catastrophic event impacting the swine industry may require the need to depopulate facilities, resulting in mass mortalities. If these mass mortalities are...
Swine Health-PRRS
Mitigation of PRRS Transmission with UV Light Treatment of Barn Inlet Air: Proof-of-Concept
‘Drive sustainable Production’ is one of the NBP’s key goals for 2015-2020 and the Swine Health Committee. This research helped address one key target, i.e., deployment of tools for...
Swine Health - General Disease
Development and validation of real-time RT-PCR assays for the detection of swine acute diarrhea syndrome coronavirus (SADS-CoV) and investigation of its presence in US swine
There are currently six coronaviruses that can infect pigs and these include porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV), transmissible gastroenteritis virus (TGEV),...
Animal Welfare
Mass Depopulation of Swine Facilities via On-Site Generation of Carbon Monoxide
In the event of an infectious animal disease outbreak, rapid depopulation of the infected livestock herds can help prevent the spread of the disease and potentially reduce suffering of the impacted...
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