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Pork Checkoff Research

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Public Health - Antibiotics & Resistance
Development of a practical, cost-effective, easy to administer prebiotic intervention to reduce carriage of zoonotic pathogens on the farm and entering the abattoir
The gut of pigs can be colonized with important foodborne and disease causing bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli and Campylobacter. New treatments and strategies are sought to reduce the carriage...
Animal Science - Swine Nutrition
Effect of glucosamine supplementation on litter size in a commercial setting
Litter size is a key determinant of the efficiency of pork production. In turn, placental function is a key determinant of whether an individual pig fetus survives during gestation and also...
Animal Science - Sow Lifetime Productivity
Optimal dietary protein for the development of gilts. NPB #15-119 (14-235-Year2)
This experiment was undertaken to develop diets that could be fed ad libitum to developing gilts that would result in differences in growth rate or body composition during development. A further...
Animal Science - Breeding & Genetics | Swine Health-PRRS
PRRS host genetics consortium (PHGC): a proposal to continue consortium work to study the role of host genetics and resistance to PRRSV
Despite extensive efforts to eliminate PRRS from US production facilities, it remains a key disease issue and poses a continued economic...
Swine Health - General Disease
Live-animal assay for identifying correlates of protection/cross-protection for intranasal swine influenza virus vaccines
The majority of vaccines currently available for the prevention of influenza A virus (IAV) in swine are formulated as whole-inactivated...
Swine Health-Foreign Animal Disease
Disinfection of foreign animal disease viruses on surfaces relevant to the Pork Packing Industry
The overall purpose of this research was to test the efficacy of commercial chemical disinfectants against foreign animal disease (FAD) viruses dried in swine products and on surfaces relevant...
Swine Health-PRRS
Defining a Novel Structural Component of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus and its Role in Disease Pathogenesis
The objective of this project was to characterize the makeup of nsp2, shown to be a new structural component of the PRRSV virion. Radiolabelled nsp2 protein, in the absence or presence of...
Animal Science - Sow Lifetime Productivity
Optimal dietary energy and protein for the development of gilts
Sow longevity is a key component for efficient and profitable pig farming and efforts to improve it should start with the adequate management of replacement gilts. A key factor in gilt management is...
Pre-Harvest Pork Safety
National Animal Health Monitoring Survey for Toxoplasma gondii and Trichinella spiralis
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) initiated the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) in 1983 to collect, analyze, and disseminate data on animal health, management, and...
Public Health - Other Zoonotic Diseases
sessing predominant transmission routes for Toxoplasma gondii using NHANES 2007-2010
Toxoplasmosis, caused by Toxoplasma gondii, is one of the most common parasitic infections of humans and other warmblooded animals. It has been found worldwide, and nearly one third of humanity has...
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