Combating Emerging PRRS Strains

Jamie Johansen

Researchers are constantly learning more about the the evolution of PRRS. During the recent Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) PRRS session at the North American PRRS Symposium, Dr. Mike Murtaugh, University of Minnesota, shared characterizations of new emerging strains of the PRRS virus. “We found from looking at a large amount of data from farms and systems sequencing viruses and …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine

BIVI Panel Shares PRRS Control Info

Jamie Johansen

The principles of PRRS control are practiced throughout high-volume swine areas. During Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.’s (BIVI) session at the recent North American PRRS Symposium, Area Regional Control (ARC) coordinators took the stage to share how they apply the tools and their approach to coordinated disease control. Dr. Erin Lowe, BIVI, is no stranger to utilizing ARC and crunching the …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine

Planning Ahead for PRRS

Jamie Johansen

Our nation’s Windy City hosted the 2015 North American PRRS Symposium and Boehringer Ingelheim hosted a session on “Combatting the Latest PRRS Cycle.” Dr. Bill Hollis, Carthage Vet Services, was one of the speakers who focused on the production side of PRRS and explained key field experiences used in control and management with one of the newest PRRS strains, 174. …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine

The Prevention vs. Treatment Game

Jamie Johansen

Evaluating the performance of a pig is a key element in good health management. Enteric Technical Manager for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedia, Inc. (BIVI), Jessica Seate, said the best thing a producer can do is become an investigator. Finding a diagnosis with your vet before you make changes to your protocol should be the first thing producers do. I sat down …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine

Pig Performance in New Antibiotic World

Jamie Johansen

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. hosted media in St. Paul, MN this weekend to talk about how proven prevention drives the use of less antibiotics. Dr. Mike Eisenmenger, Swine Vet Center, spoke on how to drive pig performance in today’s world of antibiotic usage. “Instead of just saying our overall goal is to use less antibiotics at all costs, we are …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine

BIVI Seminar Highlights FAD Preparedness

Cindy Zimmerman

Pork industry preparedness for FAD was the first topic on the schedule at the Boehringer Ingelheim North Carolina swine seminar this year – and no, FAD does not mean the latest social trend. “FADs are foreign animal diseases,” said Dr. Lisa Becton with the National Pork Board. “Those are diseases that currently don’t exist in the United States and diseases …

Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pork, Swine

Branstad, Vetter Keynote #WPX15 Luncheon

Joanna Schroeder

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad along with Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds spent some time at the Iowa Fairgrounds during World Pork Expo 2015 held is Des Moines, Iowa. While onsite, they spoke to dozens of Iowa pork producers as well as address a crowd during the SIP luncheon hosted by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). Branstad noted that Iowa …

Agribusiness, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pork, Swine, Trade, World Pork Expo

BIVI Talks Pig Protection at #WPX15

Jamie Johansen

The industry’s first commercially available quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for Lawsonia (ileitis) has been developed by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) Health Management Center and will become available for testing July 1, 2015. The new test provides producers with bacterial concentration levels, unlike the similar qualitative PCR testing which simply detects for the presence of Lawsonia. BIVI’s announcement …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine, World Pork Expo

Vet Training, Education & Leadership

Jamie Johansen

A look into veterinary training, education and leadership development was another topic discussed at the recent Boehringer Ingelheim Swine Health Seminar held in Orlando, FL. Dr. Jim Lowe, Lowe Consulting, headlined that conversation as he shared insights into making the animal health profession stronger for the future. “I really need to credit my co-authors on this, Dr. Aldridge and Dr. …

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Doing What is Right for the Pig

Jamie Johansen

Animal welfare continues to be at the forefront of discussion throughout the swine community. And Dr. Angela Baysinger’s talk at Boehringer Ingleheim’s Swine Health Seminar hit on just that. Pig welfare and doing what is right for the pig centered discussion on crates and pain mitigation in castration and tail docking. I had a chance to speak with Dr. Baysinger …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine