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Animal Welfare
Depopulation methods in swine: what has been done and what are the knowledge gaps
Mass depopulation refers to the need of ending the life of large numbers of animals due to emergencies. This need could arise, for example, when we face disease epidemics (especially for pathogens...
Swine Health-Foreign Animal Disease
Development of ASFV-specific monoclonal antibodies and mAb-based blocking ELISA
Historically, the greatest threats to the US swine production are from foreign animal diseases, such as African swine fever (ASF). ASF virus (ASFV) infection can have a deleterious effect on swine...
Swine Health-Foreign Animal Disease
African swine fever surveillance using oral fluids for rapid detection and disease control
The main objective of this project was to evaluate the feasibility of utilizing swine oral fluids as a reliable aggregate sample type for early detection of African swine fever (ASF). At present, the...
Swine Health-Foreign Animal Disease
Evaluating the prevalence and distribution of African swine fever virus during feed manufacture, as well as feed mill decontamination measures
The feed supply chain can be a significant risk of pathogen transfer. While historically, farms have evolved to have biosecurity limiting farm-to-farm interaction, there continues to be gaps in swine...
Environment - Air
Evaluation of current products for use in deep-pit swine manure storage structures for mitigation of odors and reduction of NH3, H2S, and VOC emissions form stored swine manure
The United States is one of the top 3 countries in producing pork. It generates lots of profits and jobs, but this industry also generates lots of odor and gaseous emissions. This unwanted side...
Public Health - Antibiotics & Resistance
Comparison of antibiotic treatment regimens for naturally occurring, multi-etiology disease challenges in commercial wean-to-finish facilities
Objectives of this study were to compare the efficacy of current water-soluble and injectable antibiotic treatment regimens during naturally occurring, multi-etiologic swine disease challenges...
AS- Swine Nutrition
Improving performance of finishing pigs with supplemental Val, Ile, and Trp: Validating a meta-analysis model
Branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) are a collective group of amino acids (AA) made up of Leucine (Leu), Valine (Val), and Isoleucine (Ile). These three AA all share the first steps of catabolism, and...
Public Health - Antibiotics & Resistance
Defining the percentage of pigs raised without antibiotics for a label claim
Consumer demand for pork carrying various claims of alternative production practices is constantly changing and determining the size of these markets is critical for research and development efforts...
Animal Welfare
Animal caretakers perspectives on performing euthanasia on commercial sow farms
Animal Welfare
Use of modified rendering trailers to achieve rapid depopulation of modern sow units
The US swine herds are susceptible to the introduction of catastrophic diseases that may require mass depopulation to contain. While the industry is well versed on individual animal euthanasia, mass...
AS- Swine Nutrition
Determining how the pelleting process influences amino acid digestibility and availability for growth when feeding varying diets with increased levels of crystalline amino acids
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