The University of Wisconsin-Extension Swine Team works with farmers, veterinarians, and other industry representatives to provide access to research-based swine information for Wisconsin farmers.

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Swine Veterinarian Survey

In wanting to be proactive getting swine clients connected with veterinarians prior to the January 2017 Veterinary Feed Directive changes, we have created a Veterinary Practices That Serve Swine Clients Survey. What we are ultimately wanting to do is map out where the swine veterinary services are in Wisconsin (and neighboring states that may be providing service to swine farmers) so that swine farmers can look to see where their nearest service provider is, as well as what services they are willing to provide. If you know of a veterinary clinic that is currently working with swine or if you are a veterinarian that has a practice that is willing to work on swine, even if it is just for the fair health papers, please consider filling out our survey.

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2016 Badger Swine Symposium

Badger Swine Symposium Scheduled for November 4 The University of Wisconsin-Extension Swine Team and Wisconsin Pork Association (WPA) invite pork producers and industry to attend the 2016 Badger Swine Symposium. This year’s event will be held on Friday, November 4 at the UW-Platteville Pioneer Farm – Ag Technology Center, at 29200 University Farm Road, Platteville. […]


Introduction to Swine Genetics for Small and Beginning Farmers

The performance of pigs is the result of two influences: genetics and environment. Because the genetics of a pig plays an important role in its performance and meat quality, all pig producers should be familiar with the potential and application of genetic selection. This new factsheet provides an introduction to genetic principles and selection strategies for beginning […]

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Pharmacological intervention in swine reproduction

What tools are in the toolbox for swine farmers in regards to reproduction? This article discusses various intervention tools for different stages of swine reproduction. While not a new review by any means, some good data is discussed in regards to the use of of pharmacological measures in various stages of swine reproduction.


USDA Licenses vaccine for PEDv

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today issued a conditional license to Harrisvaccines, Inc. of Ames, Iowa for a vaccine that may aid in the control of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in swine. This is the first licensed vaccine for PEDv. It will be used to vaccinate […]


USDA requires reporting of PEDv

St. Paul, Minn., April 18, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that in an effort to further enhance the biosecurity and health of the US swine herd while maintaining movement of pigs in the US, the USDA will require reporting of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) and Swine Delta Coronavirus in order to […]


State veterinarian issues bans on non-terminal swine shows

February 11, 2014 Wisconsin state veterinarian bans spring fair pig weigh-ins, recommends only terminal shows amidst disease concerns (PDF) Media Contacts:  Raechelle Cline, 608.224.5005   or Jim Dick, Communications Director, 608-224-5020 MADISON – In an effort to protect Wisconsin’s pork industry from the spread of a deadly, communicable virus among pigs, Dr. Paul McGraw, state veterinarian […]


Route of PEDv reported

Questionable hygiene practices among meat processing plant employees, freight truck drivers and other workers at hog processing plants have been implicated in the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus across the US, according to research conducted by the University of Illinois. PEDv is spread most commonly spread by pigs ingesting contaminated feces. The virus, which […]


Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus

The presence of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) was confirmed in the United States during the week of May 13, 2013. The diagnostic labs in of Iowa State University (ISU) and Minnesota State University have tested 113 positive for PEDV. PEVD is a Corona virus related to other swine viruses such as transmissible gastroenteritis virus […]


2013 Swine Show Exhibition Guidelines

Recommendations, developed by  DATCP, Department of Health Services, UW-Extension and the WI Pork Producers, that are aimed at reducing  the risk of transmission of the influenza virus among swine at fair exhibitions have been released. The list include vaccination protocols, limiting the length of stay and time between shows and barn monitoring schedules. Details of […]