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Jason Ross, director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center, presented an update on a large collaborative study into pelvic organ prolapse and pig survivability during the 2019 James D. McKean Swine Disease Conference at Iowa State University in Ames.

Sow prolapse, pig survivability research progresses

A large collaborative research project, involving input from 104 U.S. farms representing 385,000 sows, provided good data relating to this issue in the industry.

In response to increased sow mortality due to pelvic organ prolapse, the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University has assembled a vast team from Kansas State University and Purdue University, as well as several departments at ISU and across the industry to get a better understanding of what is causing POPs and how those translate to pig survivability.

Jason Ross, director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center, presented findings after the first 18 months of the project during the James D. McKean Swine Disease Conference this past week at the campus of Iowa State University in Ames. In addition to sharing what they have found, Ross also shared what the project hopes to accomplish over the five years of the project.

Weekly updates and a final report can be found through the IPIC website. More information on the Improving Pig Survivability project can be found here.

In this video, Ross explains the project to this point, and what the future holds

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