US - In the latest 'At the Meeting' (ATM) audio program on swine health from the Morrison Group, leading swine veterinarians take on the historic and novel work regarding porcine circovirus (PCV2), including prevention, new diagnostic methods and vertical transmission’s impact on pig production and sow herds.
The ATM program, which features disease, research and practical swine health information from leading veterinary experts, is available to help swine veterinarians and producers in making informed decisions for their farms. This newest ATM program is divided into three 15- to 20-minute segments with moderator Bob Morrison, DVM, PhD, discussing different PCV2-related topics. In the first of the three audio segments, Dr Morrison talks with Albert Rovira, DVM, PhD, University of Minnesota, about the evolution of PCV2, global prevalence and clinical diagnosis of the disease in both the respiratory expression in pigs and reproductive challenges in sows/gilts.
In addition, Dave Baumert, DVM, Cargill Pork, Jessica Seate, DVM, formerly with Murphy Brown, and Brian Payne, DVM, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), provide observations and insights based on their experiences managing clinical signs of PCV2, and discuss the role of viremia, co-infections and other production challenges of the disease.
In the second of the three-part ATM series on porcine circovirus, the veterinarian panel discusses the role of vaccines and immunity in reducing the impact of disease in growing pigs and in the breeding herd. Dr Payne with BIVI notes that while nearly 98 percent of U.S. pigs are vaccinated against PCV2, which has virtually eliminated clinical disease, it is still present on most farms and poses significant risk to pigs. Because of the highly viremic nature of the virus, research studies continue to demonstrate the effectiveness of vaccines, the benefit of vaccinating every pig against disease and the ability of vaccines to cross-protect against different strains of PCV2.
In the third segment of the PCV2 ATM program, the panel of swine veterinarians discusses findings from a sow-herd stability status survey and effectiveness of vaccination and closure programs to decrease vertical transmission of disease from sows to pigs within the system. In addition, the panel shares their experiences with different serum sampling and PCV2 diagnostic programs that have shown to be effective in helping producers manage disease in breeding herds. This free audio program is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. as a service to the swine industry and is ideal for veterinarians and producers to listen to while driving or working around the farm. It is available on CD which can be ordered from the BIVI website