Mitigating the risk of African Swine Fever virus entry into boar studs 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.

This week the Secure Food Systems Team at the University of Minnesota shares information on a proactive risk assessment regarding the introduction of ASF via boar studs. To learn more about risk assessment regarding ASF introduction via feed, read our Science Page from last week.

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The Leman en Español Conference was a success in bringing Spanish Language educational content to the Swine Community!

In 2021 the organizers of the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference tried something new: a Spanish Language version of their annual educational conference discussing what is happening in swine production and management! The event was a big success, with great attendance and an engaged audience.

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Rethinking the uncertainty of African swine fever virus contamination in feed ingredients and risk of introduction into the United States

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.

The University of Minnesota shares their quantitative risk assessment framework to estimate the risk of African swine fever virus from imported contaminated feed ingredients, including soybeans and corn.

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Fellowship provides opportunity for swine researcher to take her work to a new level

This article was written by Brandi Rupard for the UMN CVM magazine, Profiles.

Dr. Alyssa Betlach

Many teenagers find themselves behind grocery checkouts and restaurant counters when it comes to taking on a part-time job in high school. Alyssa Betlach found herself working among 1,500 sows at a local swine farm near her hometown of Owatonna, MN. 

The sow farm became a very familiar place to Betlach, who continued working there throughout high school and into her undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota. The time she spent on the farm served as inspiration and preparation for her current career as a swine veterinarian and researcher. 

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How many PRRSV variants can we find in a swine farm in a sampling event?

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.

Researchers at the Ohio State University, North Carolina University and the University of Minnesota describe the genetic variability of PRRSV found in swine farms with different production types.

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