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Pork Industry Labor Study

Nearly 400 pork producers were surveyed to better understand the current labor situation in hog production, including shortages, open positions and retention. This study also identifies current sources of labor for hog production operations including foreign labor and domestic sources.

Swine Health - Foreign Animal Disease
Investigating Methods for Decontamination of Interior Surfaces (Cabs) of Transportation Vehicles
It is widely known and understood that transportation vehicles can serve as a potential route of pathogen transmission within swine production systems. The movement of these vehicles within multiple...
Swine Health - Foreign Animal Disease
Evaluation of African swine fever virus antibody detection and viral nucleic acid detection dynamics in swine in various sample types
This research project assessed the African swine fever virus’s (ASFV) nucleic acid and antibody detection in tonsil scrapings, cheek swabs, oral fluids, blood, and some tissues across three...
Animal Well-being
Depopulation of Swine by Inert Gassing Utilizing the Livetec Systems Nitrogen Foam Delivery System
The nitrogen foam delivery system is an alternative emergency depopulation system that uses high expansion water based foam bubbles to deliver nitrogen gas into a container, trailer, coral or barn....
Swine Health - Foreign Animal Disease
Detection of African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV) in Pork Meat Products by PCR Assay
African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious viral disease causing high mortality in members of the Suidae family. Besides animal health, the disease also imposes serious economic consequences,...
Swine Health - PRRS
Assessment of Sample Dilution and Number of Ropes Used for Detection of Swine Pens Infected with PRRS Early in the Course of Infection: a Pilot Study
This pilot study evaluated the impact of sharing ropes for sample collection between an infected pen and an uninfected pen. Further, it evaluated how the detection of a pathogen changed as the...
Swine Health - Foreign Animal Disease
Evaluation of Meat Juice as Sample Matrix for the Detection of Foot-and-Mouth Disease Virus (FMDV) Antigen and Nucleic Acids as Well as Antibodies to FMDV; and Comparison of 3 Real-Time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction Assays for FMDV in Swine Oral Fluids
Particular specimens are usually required for foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) testing. These samples include liquid removed from blisters caused by FMDV (vesicular fluid), pieces of skin...
Swine Health - PRRS
Field Investigation of the Effect of PRRSV Genetic Variability on Time-to-Stability
The porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is one of the most economically important swine endemic disease in the United States, causing losses of about $664 million annually. One...
Human Nutrition
Influence of Fresh and Lean Pork Consumption on Diet Quality and Functional Limitations Among American Older Adults, 1999-2016
The two objectives of the project are to (1) assess the influence of fresh and lean pork consumption on diet quality among U.S. adults 18 years and older and (2) functional limitations in U.S. older...
Human Nutrition
Determination of DIAAS and PDCAAS for Pork Burger, Plant-Based Burgers, and the Combined Meal of Burger Bun and Burgers
Plant-based meat is available in human nutrition and has become more popular. Therefore, there has been an interest in the development of plant-based alternative proteins such as plant-based burgers....
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