Wean-to-Harvest Biosecurity Program is investigating cost-effective, innovative technologies, protocols or ideas to enhance biosecurity.

November 16, 2023

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National Pork Board

During the 2023 NAPRRS/NC229: International Conference of Swine Viral Diseases, the Swine Health Information Center will present a special session, “Biosecurity in the U.S. Swine Industry.” SHIC invited four principal investigators of projects funded through its Wean-to-Harvest Biosecurity Research Program to speak.

The presenters for the session will be introduced by SHIC Executive Director Paul Sundberg. Associate Director Megan Niederwerder will start the session by sharing the rationale for the research program and its related efforts to help producers fill this biosecurity gap.

SHIC’s Wean-to-Harvest Biosecurity Research Program, funded with the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research and the Pork Checkoff, addresses biosecurity gaps in the U.S. swine herd. Launched in fall 2022, the Wean-to-Harvest Biosecurity Program maintains the goal of investigating cost-effective, innovative technologies, protocols or ideas to enhance biosecurity during the wean-to-harvest phases of swine production for the benefit of pork producers.

Presenters during SHIC’s special session at the PRRS Symposium include:

  • Swine Disease Monitoring and the Need for Enhanced Wean-To-Harvest Biosecurity – Megan Niederwerder, Swine Health Information Center

  • Development and Evaluation of an Electrostatic Precipitator (ESP) prototype to Mitigate Airborne Spread of Pathogens Under Farm Conditions – Montserrat Torremorell, University of Minnesota

  • Rerouting Between-farm Transportation Vehicle Movements to Minimize the Dissemination of Endemic and Emerging Diseases in North America – Gustavo Machado, North Carolina State University

  • Ensuring Site and Transportation Biosecurity Using Bioluminescence – Dustin Boler, Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd.

  • Industry-wide Assessment of Bioexclusion Practices in Wean-To-Harvest Sites, and Development and Validation of a Rapid Risk Assessment Bioexclusion Tool – Gustavo Silva, Iowa State University

NAPRRS/NC229 ICSVD was first held in 2003. The event brings together swine industry researchers, professionals and field practitioners. Though inspired by PRRS-related concerns, the symposium has expanded to include emerging and transboundary swine disease topics. This year’s symposium is being held Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the InterContinental: Chicago Magnificent Mile.

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