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PigCast: Tips on Immunology with Dr. Sánchez Vizcaíno

MSD Animal Health is delighted to present a new kind of podcast – PigCast. Hear an industry expert talk about immunology. Miquel Collell hosts a conversation between Stephan Von Berg and the renowned African Swine Fever expert and immunologist Professor José Manuel Sanchez-Vizcaíno, where they ask: what are the ingredients for a perfect vaccine? Professor … Read more

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PigCast: Tips on Gut Health with Dr. Moeser

Hongyao Lin and Professor Adam Moeser, Director of the Gastrointestinal Stress Biology Laboratory at Michigan State University, discuss the long-term effects of stress on gut health and productivity in swine.   The stress response is a normal, beneficial mechanism and some stressors are inherent in the production process, argues Professor Moeser. However, it is clear from studies … Read more

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PigCast: Tips on Gut Health with Dr. González Mateos

Hongyao Lin and Miquel Collellwelcome Prof Gonzalo González-Mateos this week, a world-leading expert in animal feed and nutrition. The trio discuss whether, if antibiotic use is restricted, producers have to accept the trade-off between gut health and pig growth?    Prof González-Mateos warns that people often get lost seeking easy answers to complex questions. But investigating scour is like ‘dealing with … Read more

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PigCast: Tips on Biosecurity with Dr. Jake Waddilove

Hosts Miquel and Jessica discuss ‘Good Management, Good Pigs… and the importance of Health’ with Jake Waddilove, a principal partner in Eastgate Veterinary Group and experienced pig-specialist veterinarian. Mr Waddilove explains how the UK’s small wild boar population and physical isolation have protected it against ASF so far.  But, as 40% of all pigs raised … Read more

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PigCast: Tips on Biosecurity with Dr. Jer Geiger

Miquel and Jessica talk about biosecurity with Dr Jer Geiger, Health Assurance Veterinarian at the Pig Improvement Company (PIC). In this episode the hosts examine Dr Geiger’s belief that producers have to embrace a biosecurity mindset to be effective. The conversation explores the differences of scale and practise between the US and Chinese markets. Considering the … Read more

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PigCast: Tips on Biosecurity with Dr. Satoshi Otake

In this episode of PigCast, hosts Miquel Collell and Jessica Seate investigate Japan’s excellent reputation for biosecurity with Dr Satoshi Otake.  Border controls and successful vaccination programmes have been highly effective in eradicating swine disease in Japan. The country learnt important lessons from PRRS and applied them to eradicating Aujeszky’s Disease as well.    Despite this success … Read more

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