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Information on swine health, keeping pigs healthy, optimizing feed management and delivery and avoiding mold and mycotoxins in feed. Tips on biosecurity fundamentals, as well as help from the Veterinary Extension and Applied Research Team.

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Knowing your feed source is imperative. Corn field at harvest, Iowa. Photo: E.Hines
African Swine Fever Update: Biosecurity is the Key - Articles Articles
China continues to see losses and there is still no vaccine available. Practicing biosecurity on your farm is the current best recommendation to keep your pigs healthy. More
Grow-finish pigs, photo credit: Elizabeth Hines
Keeping Pigs Cool in the Summer Heat - Articles Articles
Practicing some seasonal tips along with good husbandry can reduce the impact of heat stress on swine herd performance. More
Biosecurity Overview
Biosecurity Overview - Articles Articles

Biosecurity Overview

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD

Farm Biosecurity: Management practices to minimize or prevent the transmission of disease within and between herds and flocks. More
Biosecurity Risk of Vets, Ag Service Personnel and Visitors
Biosecurity Risk of Vets, Ag Service Personnel and Visitors - Articles Articles
A checklist to determine the biosecurity risk of individuals to dairy herds. More
Biosecurity Fundamentals
Biosecurity Fundamentals - Articles Articles

Biosecurity Fundamentals

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD, Bhushan M. Jayarao, MVSc, PhD, MPH

The basics of disease biosecurity, why a biosecurity plan should be implemented, and how to get a plan in motion. More
Proper Animal Mortality Disposal
Proper Animal Mortality Disposal - Videos Videos

Proper Animal Mortality Disposal

J. Craig Williams

4:16

This video provides an overview of the approved methods of animal disposal in Pennsylvania, along with best management practices for each method. More
Note: everyone is wearing protective booties in an effort to minimize biosecurity risk
Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Livestock Exhibitions - Articles Articles

Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Livestock Exhibitions

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, David R. Wolfgang, VMD, MPH DABVP-Dairy

A checklist to determine the biosecurity risk at Livestock Exhibitions. More
Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Farm Visitors and Exhibitions
Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Farm Visitors and Exhibitions - Articles Articles

Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Farm Visitors and Exhibitions

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, Bhushan M. Jayarao, MVSc, PhD, MPH, Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD

Biosecurity is a series of measures implemented to prevent or reduce the introduction and spread of infectious disease pathogens. The provided checklists help determine the biosecurity risk of individuals and animals. More
Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm
Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm - Articles Articles

Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD

Information about disinfectants commonly used on the farm for disease control. More
Biosecurity - A Practical Approach
Biosecurity - A Practical Approach - Articles Articles

Biosecurity - A Practical Approach

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD

Biosecurity is a set of practices employed to prevent the importation of infectious organisms into a herd or flock, and their transmission between animals. More
Compost pile. Photo by Craig Williams
Composting Animal Mortalities - Articles Articles

Composting Animal Mortalities

David R. Wolfgang, VMD, MPH DABVP-Dairy

Despite the best intentions and care in animal agricultural facilities there are occasional animal mortalities. More
Picture by permission of Greg Brann, NRCS, Grazing Soil Health Specialist
Keeping Animals Healthy - Articles Articles

Keeping Animals Healthy

Melanie Barkley

Here you will find common techniques producers use to keep their animals healthy and avoid having to treat them. More
Livestock and Poultry Mortality Disposal in Pennsylvania
Livestock and Poultry Mortality Disposal in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles
Properly managing and disposing of dead farm animals is important. Every livestock and poultry operation should have a proper dead stock disposal strategy. More
Agroterrorism: A Threat to US Animal Agriculture
Agroterrorism: A Threat to US Animal Agriculture - Articles Articles

Agroterrorism: A Threat to US Animal Agriculture

Bhushan M. Jayarao, MVSc, PhD, MPH

The first of a two part series about agroterrorism More
Mortality Composting Guidelines
Mortality Composting Guidelines - Articles Articles

Mortality Composting Guidelines

J. Craig Williams

Rendering changes and the livestock Industry, basic mortality composting procedures, and the composting process. More
Swine
Swine Production - Articles Articles

Swine Production

Lynn Kime, Robert E. Mikesell, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

While the trend in the swine industry continues towards larger farms, opportunities remain to make money by raising hogs in a part-time enterprise. More