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Assessing the role of medium chain fatty acids as an alternative to medically important antibiotic

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#17-049

Full Report Received

06/11/2018

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Research has demonstrated that medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) can serve as reduction strategies for bacterial and viral pathogens in animal feed and ingredients. However, it is unknown how the type or level of MCFA impact bacteria growt

Enhancing growth performance in pigs by treating with iron at weaning and feeding antibiotic-free nursery diets containing elevated concentrations of copper or zinc

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#17-052

Full Report Received

05/23/2018

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Addition of copper sulfate or zinc oxide to nursery pig diets at levels in excess of dietary requirements was previously shown to enhance growth performance.

Detection and differentiation of field strains and commonly used vaccine strains of Type 2 PRRS virus in the US

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#16-196

Full Report Received

04/13/2018

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PRRS remains the most economically devastating swine disease with an estimated annual loss of $664 million in the US. The PRRS genome is constantly changing, making accurate diagnosis difficult. Many pairs of primers have been used in some commercial PRRS…

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Assessment of alternatives for monitoring antimicrobial use in the swine industry and design and implementation of a pilot system

Societal concerns about antibiotic use (ABU) and antibiotic resistance are a major vulnerability for the US swine industry. National and international events have led to increasing pressures for accountability regarding ABU in food animals. These include calls for better measurement…

Negative cohort study plan for the estimation of diagnostic specificity of Two PCR assays for the detection of Classical Swine Fever, African Swine Fever and Foot and Mouth disease viruses in oral fluid samples

Negative cohort study plan for the estimation of diagnostic specificity of Two PCR assays for the detection of Classical Swine Fever, African Swine Fever and Foot and Mouth disease viruses in oral fluid samples

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2016 Animal Science Annual Report

The Animal Science Committee continues to conduct meaningful research in the areas of swine nutrition, reproduction, genetics and management. Research is evaluated based on industry impact, application and reach, and must have no overlap with research being supported by other funding agencies. In addition to continuing work in nutritional efficiency, mitigation of the impact of […]

Alternatives to Growth-promoting Antibiotics

The Checkoff’s animal science committee recognizes many producers are seeking alternatives to maintaining pig performance following removal of growth-promoting antibiotics. While there are many commercially available products purported to enhance growth, many of these products lack consistency in demonstrating beneficial results. This spreadsheet is the result of project #15-204 that was completed by Nick Gabler […]

2017 Pork Industry Productivity Analysis

Continuing into its fifth consecutive year, the Pork Industry Productivity Analysis has displayed the trends among the most common production variables in the swine industry over the previous years. What has been shown is that there is variation in the improvement for each key performance indicator trait. Additionally, seasonality has become more apparent for several traits. […]

2018 General Call

Request for Proposals, General Call 2018
DEADLINE: Tuesday, November 14th– 5:00 pm CST
Proposal selection will occur in February 2018.
Notification of grant awards will be done by April 2018.
Project funding will begin May 1, 2018.
Requests for second-year funding must be resubmitted.

Request for Proposal – Letter of Intent

The Pork Safety, Quality and Human Nutrition Committee is requesting pre-proposals in the three areas of HUMAN NUTRITION Research listed below. The proposal process uses an initial Letter Of Intent (LOI). The LOI must be submitted by September 12, 2017 to be considered. Projects that are selected from the LOIs will be invited to submit […]

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