The University of Minnesota had two Student Award Winners at the 2023 Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases! Both students received Animal Health Institute/Joseph J. Garbarino Foundation Biosafety & Biosecurity Awards for their presentations at the conference.Continue reading “Congratulations to University of Minnesota students Ilya Slizovskiy and Lan Wang on their awards from CRWAD!”
FINAL REMINDER: DVM STUDENTS! Apply to the Morrison Swine Innovator Prize!
Veterinary students: The deadline is approaching to apply for Morrison Swine Innovator Prize! Apply by the end of the day of August 15 to share your work at the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference; it’s a great opportunity for veterinary students who want to network with industry leaders.Continue reading “FINAL REMINDER: DVM STUDENTS! Apply to the Morrison Swine Innovator Prize!”
Reminder to DVM students: apply to the Morrison Swine Innovator Prize!
Veterinary students: It’s not too late to apply for Morrison Swine Innovator Prize! Share your work at the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference; it’s a great opportunity for veterinary students who want to network with industry leaders.
The Allen D. Leman Swine Conference includes a session for veterinary students to demonstrate their problem-solving skills through the presentation of a case or experience where students challenged their clinical training and problem-solving capabilities necessary for day-to-day practice. Creativity and originality in the support and delivery are encouraged. The session will take place in-person during the afternoon of Sunday, September 18 at the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference and will include presentations from 7 veterinary students. Invited students will receive a $1,000 stipend and free admission to the Leman Swine Conference.
Submissions to enter in the selection to present at the DVM student session at the Leman Conference should be uploaded at z.umn.edu/MSIP by August 15th at the end of the day.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Zhitnitskiy at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Morrison Swine Innovator Prize visit z.umn.edu/MSIP.
Two UMN graduate students awarded at CRWAD
The first week-end of December was the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases in Chicago. Several of the swine group graduate students were presenting their work and received an award.
First, Frances Shepherd received the award for best oral presentation in the Enteric Diseases category for her presentation titled Variability and bioinformatic analysis of porcine rotavirus B and C illustrate potentially important immunological sites. Frances’ advisers are Dr. Douglas Marthaler and Dr. Michael Murtaugh.
Then, Dr. Robert Valeris received the best poster award in the Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine category for presenting Survival analysis of protocols for eradication of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae in swine farms.
Join us in congratulating our students for their awards!
The U of MN well represented at the NA PRRS Symposium
The first week-end in December is usually the time of the North American PRRS symposium. This year did not upset the tradition but this time, the conference was in collaboration with the National Swine Improvement Federation.
The meeting was dedicated to our friend and colleague Dr. Bob Morrison. A memorial fellowship organized by Dr. Montse Torremorell (U of MN) and Dr. Joan Lunney (USDA) provided travel support to future scientists who wish to follow in his footsteps.
Stephen Gerike from the Pork Checkoff shared information on the state of pork products used in restaurant. Bacon represents 20% of products used but is still growing (+4% since last year).
Overall, 82% of restaurant customers eat the same or larger amount of pork which is a good trend for the industry. Mr. Gerike also shared the efforts done by Pork Checkoff to convince consumers to not overcook their pork. Reminder: 145F is safe. “Cook your pork like you cook your steak!”
The University of Minnesota was well represented during the conference. Dr. Montse Torremorell moderated the Saturday morning session on PRRS in the field. Drs. Cesar Corzo, Carles Vilalta and Juan Sanhueza shared the updates on the Morrison Swine Health Monitoring Program as well as regarding the studies that they are involved with. Take away messages:
- MSHMP is now collecting information from 50% of the sows in the United States.
- Based on this data, 58% of the farms breaking with PRRSV today will break again within a year.
- PRRS summer outbreaks happen and vary based on location (see figure below).
- Farms take a longer time to reach stability after a summer outbreak (median 41.5 weeks)
- Processing fluids can be used as a monitoring method for PRRS.
Dr. Perle Boyer shared the launching of an online course designed in collaboration with Iowa State University regarding genetic resistance to PRRSV. The course will be open in Spring 2018 and is designed for swine health professionals, veterinarians and experts who want to know more about the Principles and application of genetics and genomics to improve animal health.