COVID-19: 3 things your lender wants you to do today

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.

Dr. Montserrat Torremorell (College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota), Dr. Gordon Spronk (Pipestone Veterinary Services), and Dr. Tom Wetzel (Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica) are joined by Mark Greenwood, Chief Diversified Markets Officer at Compeer Financial.

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German researchers show pigs, chickens not susceptible to SARS-CoV2

A recent report from the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health showed that animal species have a different sensitivity towards SARS-CoV2. Pigs and chickens have been shown to be less susceptible than ferrets or fruit bats.

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COVID-19 and pig viruses – what can we learn?

Drs. Marie Culhane and Montse Torremorell, swine influenza experts at the University of Minnesota have been taking a closer look at COVID-19, the human coronavirus impacting our lives around the globe and comparing it to the swine viruses we are all familiar with. How does it compare? What can we learn?

Article originally written for pig333.com and in Spanish on the 3tres3 website.

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Implications of early-life indicators for survival rate, subsequent growth performance, and carcass characteristics of commercial pigs

This week, we are presenting a summary of an article published by faculty in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural resources Sciences regarding the impact of early-life indicators such as birth-weights on the life of a market pig.

Key Points

  • As litter size increases with the industry’s drive to increase pig production, the number of pigs with low birthweights increase too
  • Preweaning growth rate is a critical indicator of a low birthweight pig’s likelihood to reach desired market weight on time
  • High birthweight is associated with faster growth at all life stages, earlier marketing, and better carcass quality
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Growing African swine fever virus raises risk considerations

Dr. John Deen fron the University of Minnesota recently wrote a column in the National Hog Farmer about African Swine Fever virus and what the recent reports about virus spread mean for the industry.

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