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Checkoff-funded PRRS Research Compiled

by 5m Editor
27 March 2012, at 8:07am

US - While porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is a formidable and costly enemy to fight, extensive research funded by the Pork Checkoff is helping the pork industry gain ground in the battle against this tenacious virus.

“The Pork Checkoff is committed to finding practical solutions to this very complex disease through investments in research,“ says National Pork Board President Everett Forkner, who notes that the Checkoff recently mailed producers a copy of the 40-page PRRS Initiative Research 2004-2011 Report. The booklet’s topics include immunology and vaccine development, epidemiology, risk factors and control strategies, diagnostic tests and PRRS surveillance, regional elimination, and genetic resistance to disease.

“Thanks to the breadth of the research that has been gathered in recent years, our understanding of PRRS is increasing by leaps and bounds,“ says Lisa Becton, Checkoff’s director of swine health information and research, who notes that the PRRS Initiative Research Program supported by the Pork Checkoff’s Swine Health Committee has funded 123 projects totaling more than $10 million since 2004.

For more information, contact Lisa Becton, Checkoff’s director of swine health information and research, at LBecton@pork.org or 515-223-2791. The research booklet is available in electronic format on pork.org.

Further Reading

- Find out more information on PRRS by clicking here.