Effective swine disease surveillance, control and prevention can be expensive but can contribute to an overall reduction in veterinary costs. While herd health profiling has traditionally involved blood sampling, it appears that sampling oral fluids can offer a simple, cost-effective alternative for the health profiling of large swine herds.
More details are included in a new article on Pork.org's Porcine Circovirus Outreach/PCVAD site at http://www.pork.org/Producers/pcvad.aspx?id=517.
"While PCVAD has been fairly well controlled by effective vaccines and good production practices, our goal is to help producers be as efficient as possible," says Paul Sundberg, vice president of science and technology for the Pork Checkoff. "When we have research results that can help lessen the need for input costs like animal health products and maintain or even improve production, we try to get that information out as quickly and as broadly as possible."
For more information, contact Paul Sundberg at PSundberg@pork.org.