18 June 2009
Viral Diseases of Poultry – The tip of the iceberg
Viral challenges can be the triggers for a whole range of problems which may never even appear as clinical disease but can have an even more devastating effect on overall flock performance, production and profits.
16 June 2009
Swine Diseases Have Changed
In the modern pig industry we are faced with much more complex pig disease than we used to be, and this change is mainly due to the evolution of different viruses which have forced us to revolutionise our approaches to disease control.
30 September 2008
Torque Teno Virus - A New Threat to Pigs?
Leading researchers from Ohio State University reported some ground breaking findings at the recent IPVS Congress in Durban1 with potential major impact for pig producers worldwide. Steve Krakowka and his team have shown that a new, difficult to control organism, Porcine Torque Teno Virus (TTV) can potentiate both PCV2 and PRRSV infections in pigs.
28 August 2008
Marek's Disease - The Story Behind the Headlines
It is easy to get distracted by the headline grabbing poultry health issues of Avian Influenza, Newcastle disease and Salmonella. Whilst these may well be the most pressing disease problems for our industry, the danger is that concentrating all time and resources on them tends to ignore those diseases that may be having a chronic and significant impact on performance and profitability, day in and day out.
18 August 2008
The Effect of Biofilms in Pig Production
A biofilm is a collection of bacteria and/or fungi that exists in a multicellular or community form, encased in an extracellular polysaccharide matrix that they themselves synthesise. They require the presence of water, and form on a solid substrate, on soft tissue surfaces within living organisms and at liquid-air interfaces.
16 July 2008
Research by world-renowned veterinary scientists has shown that suitable disinfection can eliminate even high challenges of PRRS virus from pig transport vehicles and this can be achieved with cold water and foam application.
24 March 2008
Chick Anaemia Virus - The Hidden Menace
It is widely accepted in many parts of the world that chick anaemia virus (CAV) can have a serious economic impact on the poultry industry through direct clinical and potentially even more damaging, sub-clinical disease.