The threat from new or evolving swine diseases serves as a daily reminder to producers and veterinarians of the importance of ongoing applied research in finding effective solutions.
For a dozen years, the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. (BIVI) "Advancement in PRRS Research Awards" has helped find practical approaches to managing porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), a disease costing U.S. swine producers more than $664 million annually in lost production.
Since 2003, BIVI has contributed more than $900,000 through its research awards program to fund 37 selected research programs. According to Dr. Michelle Sprague, president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), results from the BIVI-funded research studies have contributed significantly to the industry's understanding of the disease and how to more effectively manage it.
"After more than 20 years in North America, PRRS continues to be a major disease challenge for swine veterinarians and producers, and during this time we have learned much about the virus, how it is transmitted and how to better control it," Sprague said. "Collaborative applied field research will provide the keys to effectively control and eradicate PRRS, helping swine producers raise healthier, more profitable pigs."
For its 2015 PRRS Research Awards, the company is again seeking study proposals from swine veterinarians, diagnosticians and public and private veterinary researchers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Selected research programs are designed to investigate new ways to diagnose, control and eradicate one of the world's most costly swine diseases.
BIVI encourages people interested in submitting research award proposals to do so by Jan. 1, 2015, and complete details can be found at www.prrsresearch.com. Research award recipients will be announced at the AASV annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., next March.
Proposals will be reviewed by an independent scientific board and awarded based on established criteria including potential economic impact to the swine industry, originality and scientific quality and probability of success in completing the year-long study.
For more information and complete submission instructions, visit the PRRS Research Award website at www.prrsresearch.com.