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March 24, 2015
Hog operations will benefit from a $1.4 million gift from Smithfield Foods Inc. that will support antibiotic alternatives studies in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine that will investigate methods to enhance animal well-being and production efficiency.
The gift, to be doled out over a three-year period, will fund three projects designed to improve health, reduce antibiotic use and find alternative production methods for growing pigs.
The three studies will …
Target strategic intervention for swine influenza virus. Swine flu is easily spread and often leads to secondary infections that are costly to treat.
Explore the use of recombinant universal vaccines against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome.
Seek to determine the viability of developing a recombinant vaccine to control boar taint, an offensive taste or odor that can affect pork made from male pigs.
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