Good biosecurity vital to prevent PEDV

Swine producers continue to fight back against the arrival of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) that hit the U.S. in mid-May.

It’s the first time the disease has been reported in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

PEDV is not a reportable or regulatory disease, rather it is a production-related disease, […]

Porcine respiratory disease complex (PRDC): What is it and how do we prevent it?

Dr. Pablo Moreno

Professional services veterinarian


A good biosecurity program is essential for the improvement and maintenance of the genetic potential and productivity of farm animals.

Disease outbreaks on farms affect productivity in numerous undesirable ways, such as reducing productivity, increasing mortality and reducing daily gain. Not only does this affect […]

Biosecurity: The importance of cleaning and disinfection

By Dr. Pablo Moreno, DVM

Neogen Corporation

Proper cleaning and disinfection of animal facilities is a critical part of any good biosecurity program.

An ideal program will reduce the number of pathogens to levels that are non-pathogenic for the animals housed in the facility. In a healthy animal, low levels of pathogens should […]

‘Tis the season for…rotational baiting

The problem

As the weather gets colder, rats and mice seek the warmth, shelter and food supply offered up by the indoors. More than just a nuisance, these rodents can have serious adverse economic and health effects when they gain access to livestock facilities, grain storage or production facilities, and a host of other areas. […]

Re-emergence of swine dysentery reinforces need for biosecurity

By Caleb Schaeffer

Swine marketing manager, Neogen Corporation

Barely a blip on the radar five years ago, swine dysentery is now increasing in prevalence and in concern.

The disease, commonly caused by the bacterium Brachyspira hydodysenteriae, is transmitted by contaminated feces, or carrier organisms such as birds and flies. It causes diarrhea in pigs, which […]

Part three: Equine biosecurity – what does it mean?

Moderator’s note: This is the final post in a three part series on equine biosecurity. To read part one on general biosecurity and vaccinations, click here. To read part two on isolating horses, click here.

By James Little, DVM

Equine and companion animal professional services veterinarian


Rodent and […]

Part one: Equine biosecurity – what does it mean?

Moderator’s note: This is the first in a three part series on equine biosecurity. Part two will be posted Thursday and part three will be posted Friday.

By James Little, DVM

Equine and companion animal professional services veterinarian


Biosecurity is a word that we often see written and […]

CDC: H3N2v flu illness total tops 140

More than 140 people have been infected with a strain of the H3N2 animal influenza virus, which can be transmitted between pigs and humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The original 16 cases of the virus were reported August 3. In those cases, all of the infected people had interacted […]

Canadian Food Inspection Agency releases new biosecurity standard for cattle

To strengthen biosecurity on cattle farms, the Canadian government has published a new standard outlining best practices.

The Canadian Beef Cattle On-farm Biosecurity Standard was developed in collaboration with cattle producers and industry officials, and outlines ways to reduce disease.

Although not a mandatory standard, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said adhering to the […]