A podcast on PRRS to enjoy over the week-end

Podcasts are a perfect way to get caught up with new swine information! We are presenting you the latest episode from “At The Meeting… Honoring Dr. Bob Morrison” in collaboration with SwineCast.

This episode, recorded last month, is the first part of a two-part series on PRRS history, the major milestones, and the lessons learned in the past 30 years. Drs. Torremorell, Spronk, and Wetzel are talking with Dr. Scott Dee from Pipestone Veterinary Services and Dr. Reid Philips from Boehringer-Ingleheim.

Listen to the podcast (22 minutes)

The 2019 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference offered science-based solutions to swine producers and veterinarians

The 2019 edition of the Allen D. Leman swine conference held in St. Paul, MN continued to offer a wide range of high-quality, science-driven presentations while innovating on several aspects of its program.

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PRRSv RFLP pattern changes in the USA

This is our Friday rubric: every week a new Science Page from the Bob Morrison’s Swine Health Monitoring Project. The previous editions of the science page are available on our website.

Key Points

  • MSHMP continues monitoring PRRSv RFLP patterns associated with outbreaks in participant systems.
  • The proportion of reported 1-7-4 outbreaks decreased significantly from July 2018 compared to that from January 2017 to June 2018.
  • The proportions of reported 1-8-4, 1-4-4, 1-3-4, 1-10-2, and 1-1-2 outbreaks have not changed significantly in recent years.
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Zack Talbert, U of Illinois student, receives the Morrison Swine Innovator Prize

University of Illinois veterinary student Zack Talbert has received the Morrison Swine Innovator Prize, an award given to veterinary students who want to specialize in swine medicine. The award was presented September 16 at the annual Allen D. Leman Swine Conference in St. Paul, MN.

All North American veterinary students with an interest in swine health and production were eligible. Talbert’’s presentation on creating a prototype device for making fumigation practices more efficient persuaded reviewers to award him the Prize.

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Streptococcus suis strains circulating in the U.S. and their association with pathogenicity

This is our Friday rubric: every week a new Science Page from the Bob Morrison’s Swine Health Monitoring Project. The previous editions of the science page are available on our website.

Key Points

  • Streptococcus suis isolates were classified into 20 different serotypes and 58 different Sequence types (ST)s.
  • Serotypes 1 and 1/2 were associated with higher pathogenic frequency, while ST profiles 1 and 28 were associated with higher frequency of pathogenic isolates.
  • The analysis of the association between pathotype, serotype, and ST showed that overall, STs were a better predictor of pathogenicity than serotypes.
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