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  1. Research

    The use of oral fluids to monitor key pathogens in porcine respiratory disease complex

    The usefulness of oral fluid (OF) sampling for surveillance of infections in pig populations is already accepted but its value as a tool to support investigations of porcine respiratory disease complex (PRDC) ...

    Juan Hernandez-Garcia, Nardy Robben, Damien Magnée, Thomas Eley, Ian Dennis, Sara M. Kayes, Jill R. Thomson and Alexander W. Tucker

    Porcine Health Management 2017 3:7

    Published on: 5 April 2017

  2. Research

    Effect of the needle-free “intra dermal application of liquids” vaccination on the welfare of pregnant sows

    In commercial pig production, sows are often vaccinated several times per gestation period, resulting in reduced welfare. This preliminary experiment investigated whether the needle-free IDAL vaccinator improv...

    Déborah Temple, Damián Escribano, Marta Jiménez, Eva Mainau, José J. Cerón and Xavier Manteca

    Porcine Health Management 2017 3:9

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  3. Research

    Effect of a GnRH analogue (peforelin) on the litter performance of gilts and sows

    Maintaining optimal reproductive and litter performance is essential for meeting economic targets in commercial pig production. Treatment with exogenous gonadotropins in sows after weaning or in gilts after al...

    Ellen de Jong, Jan Jourquin, Johannes Kauffold, Steven Sarrazin, Jeroen Dewulf and Dominiek Maes

    Porcine Health Management 2017 3:6

    Published on: 15 March 2017

  4. Review

    The use of vaccines to control pathogen spread in pig populations

    Vaccine efficacy has often been studied from the viewpoint of individual direct clinical protection. For several vaccines, a decrease in pathogen shedding in vaccinated animals has also been documented, which ...

    Nicolas Rose and Mathieu Andraud

    Porcine Health Management 2017 3:8

    Published on: 1 March 2017

  5. Short report

    Field efficacy of Porcilis® PCV M Hyo versus a licensed commercially available vaccine and placebo in the prevention of PRDC in pigs on a French farm: a randomized controlled trial

    A controlled, randomised, and blinded trial performed on a conventional French farrow-to-finish farm compared the efficacy of a one-shot bivalent ready to use vaccine, Porcilis® PCV M. Hyo (group PCVM), to tha...

    Eric Pagot, Martial Rigaut, David Roudaut, Luca Panzavolta, Rika Jolie and Didier Duivon

    Porcine Health Management 2017 3:3

    Published on: 1 February 2017

  6. Research

    Feed additives decrease survival of delta coronavirus in nursery pig diets

    Feed contaminated with feces from infected pigs is believed to be a potential route of transmission of porcine delta coronavirus (PDCoV). The objective of this study was to determine if the addition of commerc...

    Katie M. Cottingim, Harsha Verma, Pedro E. Urriola, Fernando Sampedro, Gerald C. Shurson and Sagar M. Goyal

    Porcine Health Management 2017 3:5

    Published on: 20 January 2017

  7. Research

    Pig castration: will the EU manage to ban pig castration by 2018?

    In 2010, the ‘European Declaration on alternatives to surgical castration of pigs’ was agreed. The Declaration stipulates that from January 1, 2012, surgical castration of pigs shall only be performed with pro...

    Nancy De Briyne, Charlotte Berg, Thomas Blaha and Déborah Temple

    Porcine Health Management 2016 2:29

    Published on: 20 December 2016

  8. Review

    Vaccination against parasites – status quo and the way forward

    Although vaccination against various pathogens is integral to health management of swine, vaccines against parasites have not yet been commercialized for the use in pigs. The incentive to develop and commercia...

    Anja Joachim

    Porcine Health Management 2016 2:30

    Published on: 15 December 2016

  9. Review

    Genetic resistance - an alternative for controlling PRRS?

    PRRS is one of the most challenging diseases for world-wide pig production. Attempts for a sustainable control of this scourge by vaccination have not yet fully satisfied. With an increasing knowledge and meth...

    Gerald Reiner

    Porcine Health Management 2016 2:27

    Published on: 16 November 2016

  10. Case Report

    Emergence of a virulent porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) 1 strain in Lower Austria

    In spring 2015, an outbreak of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) struck Lower Austria caused by a PRRS virus (PRRSV) strain spreading rapidly among both previously PRRSV negative and vaccina...

    Leonie J Sinn, Eva Klingler, Benjamin Lamp, Rene Brunthaler, Herbert Weissenböck, Till Rümenapf and Andrea Ladinig

    Porcine Health Management 2016 2:28

    Published on: 1 November 2016

  11. Case study

    Implementing drinking water feed additive strategies in post-weaning piglets, antibiotic reduction and performance impacts: case study

    Piglets at weaning suffer many stressors such as sudden change of feed, change in group composition and the end of lactogenic immunity. These stressors may cause poor growth performance. There is a need for al...

    Juan Antonio Mesonero Escuredo, Yvonne van der Horst, John Carr and Dominiek Maes

    Porcine Health Management 2016 2:25

    Published on: 16 October 2016

  12. Research

    Production results from piglets vaccinated in a field study in Spain with a Type 1 Porcine Respiratory and Reproductive virus modified live vaccine

    PRRS is a viral disease of pigs and sows that is one of the most costly to the pig industry worldwide. The disease can be controlled by focusing on different aspects. One of them is the vaccination of piglets,...

    Guillermo Cano, Marcia Oliveira Cavalcanti, Francois-Xavier Orveillon, Jeremy Kroll, Oliver Gomez-Duran, Alberto Morillo and Christian Kraft

    Porcine Health Management 2016 2:22

    Published on: 1 October 2016

  13. Research

    Comparison of the antimicrobial consumption in weaning pigs in Danish sow herds with different vaccine purchase patterns during 2013

    There is growing concern about development of antimicrobial resistance due to use of antimicrobials (AMs) in livestock production. Identifying efficient alternatives, including vaccination, is a priority. The ...

    Carolina Temtem, Amanda Brinch Kruse, Liza Rosenbaum Nielsen, Ken Steen Pedersen and Lis Alban

    Porcine Health Management 2016 2:23

    Published on: 1 October 2016

  14. Research

    Partial substitution, with their chelated complexes, of the inorganic zinc, copper and manganese in sow diets reduced the laminitic lesions in the claws and improved the morphometric characteristics of the hoof horn of sows from three Greek herds

    Hoof lesions in sows have been associated with lameness and poor hoof horn quality. The mechanical strength and quality of hoof horn is determined by the density and diameter of horn tubules, which were recent...

    Nikoleta Varagka, Marina Lisgara, Vassilis Skampardonis, Vassilis Psychas and Leonidas Leontides

    Porcine Health Management 2016 2:26

    Published on: 7 September 2016

  15. Research

    Prevalence of virulence factors in enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli isolated from pigs with post-weaning diarrhoea in Europe

    Post-weaning diarrhoea (PWD), due to Escherichia coli, is an important cause of economic losses to the pig industry primarily as a result of mortality and worsened productive performance. In spite of its relevanc...

    Andrea Luppi, Mariavittoria Gibellini, Thomas Gin, Frédéric Vangroenweghe, Virginie Vandenbroucke, Rolf Bauerfeind, Paolo Bonilauri, Geoffrey Labarque and Álvaro Hidalgo

    Porcine Health Management 2016 2:20

    Published on: 1 September 2016

  16. Research

    Vaccination of piglets at 2 and 3 weeks of age with Ingelvac PRRSFLEX® EU provides protection against heterologous field challenge in the face of homologous maternally derived antibodies

    Due to difficulties in eradicating porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) linked to biosecurity challenges, transmission of the virus and the lack of efficient DIVA vaccines, successful control o...

    Gyula Balka, Karla Dreckmann, György Papp and Christian Kraft

    Porcine Health Management 2016 2:24

    Published on: 14 August 2016

  17. Case Report

    Clinical problems due to encephalomyocarditis virus infections in two pig herds

    Infections with encephalomyocarditis virus may cause myocarditis and sudden death in young pigs and reproduction disorders in sows. The presence of encephalomyocarditis virus infected rodents is considered a m...

    Klaas Vansteenkiste, Tommy Van Limbergen, Ruben Decaluwé, Marylène Tignon, Brigitte Cay and Dominiek Maes

    Porcine Health Management 2016 2:19

    Published on: 7 August 2016

  18. Review

    Impact of group housing of pregnant sows on health

    Group housing of sows during gestation is mandatory in the EU since 2013. Compared to housing in individual crates, group housing allows the animals to express normal activity and behavior. The present paper d...

    Dominiek Maes, Liesbet Pluym and Olli Peltoniemi

    Porcine Health Management 2016 2:17

    Published on: 1 July 2016

  19. Review

    Reproduction of group-housed sows

    The sow is a social animal in her behavior throughout the reproductive cycle. An exception to her preference for being a part of a social group occurs one to two1–2 d days prior to farrowing, when she separate...

    Olli Peltoniemi, Stefan Björkman and Dominiek Maes

    Porcine Health Management 2016 2:15

    Published on: 1 July 2016

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