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Congratulations to Dr. Mike Eisenmenger, AASV Practitioner of the Year
The 48th Annual meeting of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians was held February 24-28 in Denver, Colorado. For us, the biggest story of the meeting was being able to see Dr. Mike Eisenmenger receive the prestigious 2017 Swine Practitioner of the Year Award. This award is presented annually to the swine practitioner who has demonstrated an unusual degree of proficiency and effective-ness in the delivery of veterinary service to clients.

AASV Meeting News and "Take Aways"

  • All 11 SVC veterinarians attended the meeting this year. Drs. Brad Leuwerke and Jake Schwartz were also conference presenters.
    • Dr. Brad presented "Systematic Implementation of VFDs using FeedLINK® Electronic VFD Solution"
    • Dr. Jake presented "Piglet Hydration Therapy" at the AASV Talent/Practice Tips session which is always one of the most popular sessions offered each year.
  • Several SVC veterinarians participated in a preconference workshop sponsored by Boehringer-Ingelheim on "The Oz Principle-Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability". The workshop focused on personality/behavior that could be categorized as "Above the Line" or "Below the Line" and attendees were able to see practical demonstrations of how to use the information when interacting with colleagues/business associates and farm staff.
  • Aptimmune will use its new "Barricade SM" vaccine formulation technology to create a killed autogenous PRRS vaccine that is administered intranasally to present the Antigen-Adjuvant-Particle
    • Complex to the mucosal surfaces and the immune system receptors located there. Eventually Influenza A virus and other patho-gens will be used for more vaccine options using this technology.
  • Dr. Chad Pilcher of Provimi summarized a number of trials that have been done looking at the use of plasma in starter feeds.
    • The average decrease in performance by removing plasma was 21% for ADG, 14% for ADFI, and 9% in FCR.
    • Another trial evaluated the difference between porcine, bovine and ovine plasma...all improved performance.
  • Dr. Erika Hendel of Biomin talked about masked mycotoxins which are basically mycotoxins that have been altered by the plant but they are converted to active toxins in the G.I. tract of the pig. They analyzed 154 samples and found the DON (vomitoxin) samples averaged 20% more mycotoxin than standard tests would pick up because the masked mycotoxins are not recognized.
    • For zearalenone the cumulative metabolites were 3 times the zearalenone alone.
    • In summary, there may be more mycotoxins present than standardized tests would recognize.
  • Dr. Maria Pieters from the University of Minnesota presented new research on the systemic Mycoplasma species profiling their group conducted.
    • 65-72% of sows were M. hyorhinis positive and by 3 weeks of age, 50% of piglets were PCR positive on tonsillar swabs. So this pathogen appears to colonize pigs early.
    • For M. hyosynoviae, 48-55% of sows were positive but only 0.9% of piglets were positive at 3 weeks of age. So this pathogen does not colonize pigs until later in life, possibly contributing to the lameness seen in finishing in some flows.
  • Dr. Andreia Arruda from The Ohio State University presented work summarizing their analysis of the SHMP farms, specifically correlating geography to the number of PRRS breaks a farm experiences. They concluded that slope and the presence of trees reduced the number of PRRS breaks. Further work will look at more specifics that could help in planning location and construction for new farms.
  • Dr. Alexandra Buckley with the USDA ARS Virus and Prion Research Unit talked about Seneca Valley Virus. It has been present in the U. S. since at least 1988. Widespread outbreaks occurred in Brazil in 2014 followed by outbreaks in the U.S. The period of shedding in infected animals is relatively short (just a few weeks) and animals re-challenged 5 months after an outbreak did not become clinically sick or shed virus. This is good news for cleaning up farms that may become infected.

Recent Newsletters

Date/Link Articles
March-2017 Congratulations to Dr. Mike Eisenmenger-2017 AASV Swine Practitioner of the Year, AASV Meeting and "Take Aways"
February-2017 SVC Swine Necropsy Day, Provide Ad-Lib Feed to Improve Reproductive Performance, Update on Prolapses in Sows, 2016 Iowa Pork All-American Goes to Time and Erin Brenneman of Brenneman Pork, Inc
January-2017 Ask our Pathologist, Regulatory Updates, Review of a Study on ANtibiotic Resistant Bacteria on a Swine Farm, Congratulations to the Compart Family-2017 "Minnesota Pork Board Family of the Year"
December-2016 Thank you and Happy New Year, Changes Effective January 1, Biosecurity Review...Don't "Track It Back" from Finishing, 5 Biosecurity Principles
November-2016 VFD (Veterinary Feed Directive)...The Last Hour!, VFD's Commonly Asked Questions, 2017 Requirements for Water Soluble Medications, Mycotoxins...What to Watch For
October-2016 2016 Leman Conference Highlights-GMO Debate, Gut Health and Antibiotic Use, Fall Preparation~Biosecurity, Feed Mill Audits-Let us know if you need one!
August-2016 Boar Stud Managers Conference, Need Continued Vigilance on Seneca Virus A!
July-2016 Seneca Virus A Update, Seneca Virus a Sero-Prevalence Study, Anual National Pork Industry Conference, Congratulations to the Norell Family
June-2016 Welcome Dr. Chris Sievers, Managing Heat Stress in the Breeding Herd, Biosecurity is Still Important During the Summer
May-2016 Optimizing gilt Performance, Dr. Jerry Torrison Named Director of UofM Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
April-2016 Update on Enteric Disease Control, Ileitis Vaccine Options, Be Ready for Summer Weather, Erysipelas
March-2016 "Real World" VFD Discussion", SVC Swine Necropsy Day on April 1, How Do You Stack Up?, Update on the USDA Reimbursement for SECD Testing and Mandatory Reporting, 2016 AASV Meeting Recap