Scott Dee University of Minnesota

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Challenges to Pig Health Improvement

Publish Date: June 3, 2006

I appreciate the opportunity to lead off this very interesting program. Thanks to Dr. Rodney Goodwin for the invitation. My task for today is two-fold: 1). To establish the definition of the healthy pig and to 2): To identify the challenges to pork production from an infectious disease point of view. My background consists of 12 years in a swine practice and now almost 5 years in academia doing applied research on the transmission and elimination of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV). Therefore, I will be addressing this issue from the position of an applied scientist who spends a great deal of his time in the field.

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