Turnover events of animal caretakers and productivity in Ohio 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, we are sharing the results from a recent study conducted under the direction of Dr. Andreia Arruda at Ohio State University. In this project, researchers are looking at the impact of labor turnover on farm productivity.

Key Points

  • The US swine industry faces critical labor supply issues and is plagued by high rates of employee turnover.
  • This study investigated the association between employee turnover and productivity using a sample of eleven farrow-to-wean farms in Ohio.
  • There was a considerable amount of variability in the turnover rate for the year among the participating farms.
  • The occurrence of an involuntary turnover event (employee was terminated) was significantly associated with improvements in monthly number of pigs weaned per sow and pre-weaning mortality 2-months after the event.
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A podcast episode on Prop 12: what it is and a look into the future

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.

In this latest episode of the podcast, we look at the impacts of California’s Prop 12 initiative, producing both opportunities and challenges. What is prop 12 and what are the chances it will be enforced in 2022?

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Antimicrobial use in wean to market pigs in the United States assessed via voluntary sharing

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 wee, Drs. Peter Davies and Randall Singer from the University of Minnesota, share a summary of their publication on the use of antimicrobials in wean-to-market pigs in the United States.

Key Points

  • Obtained data on antimicrobial use in the US swine industry through voluntary and confidential sharing of proprietary data
  • First substantial description of antimicrobial use in US swine beyond FDA sales and distribution data  
  • Critically important classes were only 5% of use, and fluoroquinolones and ceftiofur (drugs of most concern) were <1%
  • The project is ongoing and seeking further participation from interested systems for 2018 to 2020.
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Litter level agreement of PRRS PCR results in testicles, tails and udder wipes samples

This recent publication by former MSHMP post-doc Dr. Carles Vilalta compares various sample types used to assess PRRS status of piglets at the litter level. The paper is available in the Preventive Veterinary Medicine journal.

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PRRS virus dissemination across pig production systems in 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.

This week, we are sharing the summary of a work done at North Carolina Sate University by Dr. Gustavo Machado and his lab on PRRS virus dissemination based on MSHMP data.

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