We propose to use the processing fluids, the liquid accumulated at the bottom of the pail when farmers collect tails and testicles during routine procedures as a sample.
Robert Morrison (†)
University of Minnesota. United States
Ph.D. - University of Minnesota
M.B.A. - University of Minnesota
His research primarily involved the analysis and interpretation of production and financial records from swine herds. As part of this effort, he recently developed and distributed a software template for analyzing the financial feasibility and return on investment that might be expected for entering into contractual production relationships. He teached epidemiology and applied statistics to veterinary and graduate students and also worked with pork producers and practicing veterinarians to help them meet their goals.
Updated CV 03-May-2017
A method to quantify the relative economic importance of pig health status at placement by specific pathogens (PRRSv and PEDv) and to estimate the effect of a specific type of PRRSv at a specific production system is presented.
About 50% of the vehicles used for transporting pigs in the United States are not washed between loads, so this article evaluates the ability of heating treatments to inactivate PRRSv present in manure-contaminated environments.
Is the right strategy to get a farm stable, that is, control clinical signs reducing the economic impact of the disease; or should a farm adopt strategies to go “negative”? As for other questions in the epidemiological field, our answer is “it depends”.