Since sweeping across the country in the past two years, porcine circovirus type 2 has become another hassle for swine producers.
Vaccines have cut the mortality rate of weaning pigs by about 75% since PCV2 became prevalent in the United States, said Mike Tokach, Kansas State University animal scientist. Researchers now are working to better understand the disease and to determine the best timing for vaccination.
Much of what the researchers have learned during the past year will be on the program at K-State's annual Swine Industry Day, scheduled for Nov. 15 at the KSU Alumni Center in Manhattan.
"K-State's PCV2 team has done more research with PCV vaccines on farms than anybody in the world," says Tokach, who is the animal science state leader for K-State Research and Extension. "They will relay (to Swine Day attendees) all that has been learned through experiments with the new vaccines."
Tokach says many swine producers wonder if protecting against PCV2 is worth the cost of the vaccine. K-State's side-by-side tests of vaccinated and non-vaccinated weaning pigs have shown, however, a significant cut in the mortality rate of vaccinated pigs. K-State's PCV2 team of researchers plans to address this concern and others during the day's first program.
The session – Porcine Circovirus: What Have We Learned in the Last Year? – will begin at 10 a.m. on Nov. 15 and feature Lisa Tokach and Steve Henry from the Abilene Animal Hospital, as well as researchers from the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine.
Following the PCV2 discussion, the K-State Swine Nutrition Team will review the nutrition research that has been conducted in the last year, to address the rise in ingredient prices. The program will culminate with Trent Loos, a nationally-known agricultural commentator, who will address positioning animal agriculture for the future.
Swine Industry Day also includes a technology trade show from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration for the event is $15 if, paid by Nov. 8. After that deadline, the event will cost $25. A temporary K-State parking permit is an additional $3.
The day's program will begin at 9:45 a.m. with a welcome from K-State animal sciences and industry department head Ken Odde. It will conclude with a pork tailgate party, which will provide a chance for pork producers from across the state to interact with each other.
More information is available by contacting Lois Schreiner at 785-532-1267 or visiting www.ksuswine.org on the Web.