Evaluation of Efficacy of Ultraviolet Germicidal Chambers in Swine Farms

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, Dr. Torremorell shares the results of a project funded by the Swine Disease Eradication Center on ultraviolet germicidal Chambers in swine farms. Training videos in English and Spanish as well as downloadable handouts are available at z.umn.edu/UVbox

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Best of Leman 2018 series #8: M. Turner – The changing role of the swine veterinarian

We launched a new series on the blog last year. Once a month, we are sharing with you a presentation given at the Allen D. Leman swine conference, on topics that the swine group found interesting, innovative or that lead to great discussions.

We can find all of the presentations selected from last year’s conference on the blog here.

Our eighth presentation is from Dr. Matthew Turner from JBS, on the evolution of the profession and what it means to be a swine veterinarian in an integrated system.

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Applying Blockchain to the feed industry

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

  • Blockchain has not been leveraged across the feed supply chain
  • Bulk commodity complexity and lack of incentive may limit blockchain in the feed supply
  • High value and discreetly packaged animal feed products would be easier entry points
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UMN swine faculty interviewed on African swine fever

Last week, Drs. John Deen and Jerry Torrison were interviewed about African Swine Fever, the virus decimating the Chinese hog industry. They shared why it is a concern for our swine farmers in the Midwest, and how the University of Minnesota is participating in the effort to prepare for it.

Watch the full video on the KTTC website.

What is Blockchain?

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, Dr. Jennifer Van de Ligt and her team explain to us what blockchain is.

Key Points

  • Blockchain has potential to improve traceability and accountability across the feed supply chain
  • Blockchain allows parties to trade in the absence of a mediator or trusting relationship
  • Blockchain transactions are decentralized, immutable, consensus-validated, and secured
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