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Animal Welfare
Quantifying a Technique Using Carbon Monoxide for the Depopulation of Swine
The project demonstrated the euthanasia of mature sows and feeder pigs using carbon monoxide (CO) produced by a 1970 gas grain truck. The gas engine system, with no modifications, had been previously...
Swine Health-PRRS
Mitigation of PRRS Transmission with UV Light Treatment of Barn Inlet Air: Proof-of-Concept
‘Drive sustainable Production’ is one of the NBP’s key goals for 2015-2020 and the Swine Health Committee. This research helped address one key target, i.e., deployment of tools for...
Swine Health - General Disease
Development and validation of real-time RT-PCR assays for the detection of swine acute diarrhea syndrome coronavirus (SADS-CoV) and investigation of its presence in US swine
There are currently six coronaviruses that can infect pigs and these include porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV), transmissible gastroenteritis virus (TGEV),...
Animal Welfare
Mass Depopulation of Swine Facilities via On-Site Generation of Carbon Monoxide
In the event of an infectious animal disease outbreak, rapid depopulation of the infected livestock herds can help prevent the spread of the disease and potentially reduce suffering of the impacted...
Animal Science - Animal Science
Production Analysis Summary for U.S. Pork Industry: 2017-2020
The goal of this production analysis is to aid the pork industry in improving efficiency. This is done through an analysis of anonymous production data using a standardized set of business logic and...
Animal Welfare
Determining the efficacy and safety of differing caliber/ammunition combinations for the humane euthanization and subsequent mass depopulation of market weight pigs.
The global pandemic attributable to the COVID-19 virus has severely disrupted the U.S. pork supply chain over the past few months as many packer/processors have closed and(or) restricted their scope...
Animal Welfare
Field evaluation of humane pig euthanasia using a dump trailer as a CO2 chamber
In the summer of 2018, African swine fever virus was detected in China, highlighting the need renewed preparation efforts in the United States against foreign animal diseases. Since 2018, many...
Swine Health - General Disease
Evaluating the effect of natural planned exposure on gilt immunity and passive immunity in their piglets via genotype specific rotavirus A and C ELISA
Historically in the United States, RVA infections were considered the more prevalent. However, recent studies indicate RVA and RVC infections are more common in piglets <21 days of age. Some RVA...
Swine Health-PRRS
Rapid detection of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus using real-time MinION nanopore sequencing
PRRSV is one of the most important pathogens affecting swine worldwide. The main characteristic that makes PRRSV a difficult pathogen to control is the genetic diversity of the virus and the frequent...
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...
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