Monitor Transport Practices

Organisms that cause disease in pigs, such as bacteria, viruses and parasites, can survive in a range of materials, so they can easily hitch a ride and spread disease. Organic matter (shavings, manure), feed, water, mud and snow can all transfer diseases from site to site. “While we don’t have all the answers, research has […]

Build a Biosecurity Culture

The many layers of biosecurity can be overwhelming. While education and training are essential, protocols must be executed properly and consistently. To build a biosecurity culture on the farm, everyone on your farm must understand why certain procedures matter and the potential fallout if they aren’t followed. Here are some actions to consider: Follow Biosecurity […]

Biosecurity: Essential Piece of Today’s Herd-Health Puzzle

Keeping pigs healthy and growing is priority No. 1 on hog farms, with biosecurity arguably playing the most critical part in good swine health management. Pig farmers have made tremendous progress in identifying effective biosecurity practices and in better understanding disease pathogens, but biosecurity remains an area of continuous learning. “Swine diseases that we know […]

Pork Checkoff Report Newsletter – May 2017

Inside: Biosecurity tips to help protect your herd’s health. This special-topic newsletter is sent periodically to you by the Pork Checkoff. Editor: Jan Jorgensen • Contributing Editors: Mike King and Marlys Miller • Art Director: Chris Oldt

A Shared Responsibility

by Jan Archer As the new year begins, pork producers are not alone in the renewed effort to use antibiotics responsibly. Everyone is doing their part to reduce the potential problems associated with antibiotic resistance – from your local doctor to your livestock counterparts around the world. This global concern has led to the worldwide […]

Know Your Role in Extralabel Drug Use

You may have heard about extralabel drug use (ELDU) of certain drugs over the years, but it’s never been more important to be knowledgeable about the critical role both veterinarians and producers play in keeping people and pigs healthy as it relates to proper and legal antibiotic use. Of course, only a licensed veterinarian can […]

Q and A: Expanding the Herd-Health Partnership with Your Vet

Q: What are the U.S. Food and Drug tles that began Jan. 1, 2017? A: FDA’s Guidance 209 changed the rules for antibiotic use in all animals raised for food. Specifically, medically important (to human health) antimicrobials can only be used for therapeutic use – to treat, control or prevent specific disease under veterinary guidance. […]

What You Need to Know: FDA’s new antibiotic use rules for pigs began Jan. 1

As 2017 begins, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new rules regarding on-farm use of medically important (to human health) antibiotics are now fully in effect. Even though you likely know many of the basics of the new regulations by now, it’s certainly understandable to have some remaining questions about what the FDA changes […]

Pork Checkoff Report Newsletter – January 2017

Inside: How do FDA’s new antibiotic use rules impact your farm? This special-topic newsletter is sent periodically to you by the Pork Checkoff. Editor: Jan Jorgensen • Contributing Editors: Mike King and Marlys Miller Senior Art Director: Beth Wonderlin • Art Director: Chris Oldt