Practical recommendations to prevent COVID-19 in farm workers and allied industries

Dr. Montse Torremorell gave a webinar for the National Pork Board yesterday, sharing practical guidelines to protect workers in the swine industry from COVID-19. Below are the slides from her presentation for your convenience, her contact information are included at the end, should you wish to reach out to Dr. Torremorell.

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Come see us in Atlanta at the 2020 AASV meeting!

This week-end is the 51st annual meeting of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians in Atlanta, GA. Numerous DVM students, graduate students, and faculty members from the University of Minnesota are presenting their latest research findings. Here is a summary table of presenters, topics, date and time. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

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Focusing on the grow/finish stages of production to better control PRRS, the new challenge of the swine industry?

Should we redirect our research efforts to focus on PRRS prevention and control in growing and finishing pigs? This was the call for action made by Dr. Montse Torremorell, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota when she opened the special session “Grow/finish phase of production: What are we learning and implications for making progress on PRRS control.” sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim during the North American PRRS Symposium this past weekend in Chicago. Torremorell argued that if the swine industry wants to advance regional PRRS control, more emphasis needs to put on preventing and controlling PRRS in growing pigs.

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Can vitamins play a role in feed biosecurity?

In an effort to examine the role of ingredients, especially vitamins, in feed biosecurity, the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) and the University of Minnesota organized a vitamin manufacturing sector-wide workshop. Representatives from pork industry organizations including National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, vitamin manufacturers and blenders, and feed industry associations joined SHIC and the University of Minnesota for the workshop in late April in St. Paul, Minnesota. Participants focused on vitamins and the processes involved prior to delivery to a producer’s farm, with special focus on African swine fever transport and transmission risk.

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Best of Leman 2018 series #6: M. Costa – Guts and bugs: understanding colitis to fight AMR

Our sixth presentation is by Dr. Matheus Costa, our newest colleague in the swine group, about his work on colitis and antimicrobial resistance when he was working at the University of Saskatchewan.

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