Isolation and Acclimatization of Purchased Replacement Gilts

Publish Date: June 3, 2006

Purchased replacement gilts pose a greater health risk to the breeding herd than internally reared gilts. For many herds, the management of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) constitutes the most problematic infectious agent to prevent or control prior to entry into the breeding herd. The continued success of the breeding herd depends on…

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Biosecurity and Health Assurance at a Boar Stud

Publish Date: June 3, 2006

Preventing the introduction of disease agents is a continuous challenge for pork producers and veterinarians. When a farm or site is affected by disease, the impact can be devastating to the health of the swine and the producer’s bottom line. If a foreign animal disease were to overcome the biosecurity safeguards in place on our farms and our country, it would have a devastating effect on all pork producers. One route of disease entry to a farm is through introduction of genetic material. Introduction of live animals offers the greatest risk of disease transmission. Artificial insemination can lessen this risk; however, biosecurity still is very important because bacteria and viruses can spread from infected boars to females through semen. Consequently, it is recommended that producers and veterinarians develop farm-specific biosecurity protocols for purchased or delivered semen.

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