Researchers offer tips to prevent swine flu in humans

The 2017 county fair season in the U.S. is nearing its close. Fewer and fewer weekends are filled with the bright lights of rapidly assembled Ferris wheels, the air is less filled with the scent of toasty elephant ears (non-Americans, check these out) and fewer animals are ambling into the trailer to be brought to […]

Nearly 300 pigs culled at county fair after swine flu discovery

A county fair in the U.S. state of Ohio took an unfortunate turn this month when the discovery of swine flu in at least one animal led to state officials ordering the culling of nearly 300 pigs.

The barn was quarantined and disinfected after a case of the H3N2 strain was identified. The strain can […]

Tracking pig fights with cutting-edge technology

Nobody likes to see a fight — not between people, and not between pigs.

Pig farmers struggle to deal with aggression in their animals. Injuries inflicted on pigs, by pigs can negatively impact productivity and animal growth. Pregnant sows are often separated from other pigs so that aggression won’t affect the unborn offspring. While this […]

PEDv cases in Manitoba raise alarms

Earlier this year, the province of Manitoba in Canada began dealing with an unexpected increase of cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv).

PEDv, which causes diarrhea and dehydration in pigs, causes up to 100% mortality in piglets and 100% morbidity (disease) in all pigs, though is not transmitted to humans or other animals.

The […]

Neogen acquires Preserve International and Tetradyne

Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) announced today that it has acquired Preserve International and Tetradyne LLC, sister companies owned and operated by the private Nevada-based Preserve International corporation.

Founded in 1991, Preserve and Tetradyne offer the livestock and food processing industries cleaners, disinfectants, and associated products. Preserve has focused primarily on the swine, poultry and food […]

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For peanut allergy sufferers, relief could be on the way – CBS News About three million Americans are allergic to nuts, and most of them are allergic to peanuts. But relief […]

DON: How much is too much?

Based on this year’s weather conditions throughout parts of the U.S. and Canada, the threat of deoxynivalenol (commonly referred to as vomitoxin or DON) in wheat crop is a real issue farmers are currently facing. But when it comes to knowing how much DON-contaminated wheat grain or wheat straw farmers can actually feed animals without […]

How DON impacts pig gut functionality

Infecting numerous grains, deoxynivalenol (better known as DON) is a mycotoxin to which pigs are especially sensitive. DON can be found on wheat, corn, barley, rice and oat products, giving pigs potential access to the toxin through their feed. The consequences of ingestion of DON by pigs include nausea and vomiting, feed refusal, gastroenteritis, diarrhea, […]

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Thousands of tons of fake food and drink seized in Interpol-Europol investigation – Europol

More than 1,200 tons of fake or subpar food, including cereals, spices and chocolate […]

New swine virus found

As concerns about porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) continue, officials in Ohio have found a new virus affecting pigs.

The new coronavirus, dubbed swine deltacoronavirus (SDCV), was detected in swine fecal samples from four different Ohio pig farms. The farms had each experienced an outbreak of diarrheal disease beginning in January and early February. Symptoms […]