PRRS - it’s time we learn to fight back - Dr. Daniel Linhares

biosecurity economic losses pig farm biosecurity pig production pooling sample prrs testing viral disease Oct 11, 2021

Hi there - PRRS virus has affected herds across the United States for over 30 years and has been a major cause of economic losses across the industry. As many farms are now PRRS positive or are very likely to eventually contract PRRS, it is important to understand how to monitor, control, or even eliminate PRRS on our farms. In today’s talk with Dr. Daniel Linhares, he discusses several methods of dealing with PRRS to prevent infection and subsequent economic losses and how best to mitigate its effects if infection has already occurred:

What you will learn:

1. Monitoring PRRS

2. Advantages of pooling sample

3. Pooling oral and processing fluids

4. Testing for elimination

5. Categories of viral population

6. Controlling PRRS 

7. Control in a grow-finish barn

8. Next Generation Regional Control Program

Meet the guest:  Dr. Daniel Linhares is a tenure track Assistant Professor in the swine unit of the Food Supply Veterinary Medicine (FSVM) Section of the Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine (VDPAM) in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. Dr. Linhares commits approximately 55% of his time to research, 30% to professional practice and outreach, 10% to teaching, and 5% to institutional service. He currently conducts research with post-DVM graduate students on “Development and evaluation of strategies to improve health and productivity of swine populations under field conditions”, and in 2019 won the Early Career Achievement in Research award at Iowa State University. He aspires to teach graduate students about animal production and to help them develop critical thinking skills so that they may be an asset to the industry