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Animal Science
Assessing the effects of farrowing crate design and mothering phenotype on pre-weaning piglet survival and performance using imaging technologies

Actual piglet mortality is a combination of a set of complex interactions between sow, piglet, environmental, and management factors. While crushing by the sow may be the ultimate cause of piglet mortality, there are many factors influencing the outcome, including hypothermia, starvation, and others. This study’s goals were to create a better environment for the piglets and the sow and to work towards methods of selecting sows with better mothering ability.

Swine Health
Assessing the feasibility of the mRNA vaccine technology for use against ASF

In this study, we aim to explore the potential of mRNA vaccine technology for the development of a subunit vaccine against ASFV. For this pilot project, we focused on assessing the immunogenicity of mRNA vaccines containing four well-characterized ASFV antigens: p32, p54, C-type lectin, and CD2v. Each of these antigens plays a distinct role in the viral lifecycle.

Swine Health - PRRS
Targeted development of neutralizing monoclonal antibodies against PRRSV minor glycoproteins
Pork Quality
Revision of the Porcine Myology Website
Swine Health - General Disease
Mucosal Delivery of HA-Stalk Focused Vaccine Using Lactobacillus to Induce Broadly Cross Protection Against Swine Influenza Infections
Animal Well-being
Validation of a Mobile Electrocution System for Humane Mass Depopulation of Swine
Animal Well-being
Automated computer vision system for tracking individual pig activity and locomotion in nursery/finisher group housing
Public Health - Antibiotics & Resistance
Influence of Setback Distance on Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Soil and Runoff Following the Land Application of Swine Manure Slurry
Animal Well-being
Broadly protective nasal mucosal vaccine for influenza A virus of swine
Influenza A virus of swine (IAV-S) is widespread and causes significant losses to swine producers. Besides its economic burden, the virus also poses a great threat to public health due to its...
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