Social and Animal Welfare

Social and Animal Welfare Features and Impacts

Swine housing facility at MorrisYuzhi Li and her team are exploring how to utilize Social Network Analysis to predict development of tail biting, and identify potential tail biters and victimized pigs. They hypothesize that tail biting behavior is a consequence of unbalanced or disturbed social structure, which can occur and spread through undesired social interactions.

Piglets.Fabio Vannucci and his research team are working to understand the shedding patterns of Senecavirus A (SVA) in the semen of experimentally-infected boars linked with the transmission by artificial insemination to sows and the subsequent impact on the production of piglets.  

Srinand Sreevatsan and his research team are working to develop a versatile, safe, and orally or intranasally administered vaccine platform against infectious diseases of animals based on purified target antigens adsorbed to alginate nanoparticles.

Close-up Morris Dairy Cows.Gerald Cramer and his team are working to determine the role of negative energy balance in the development of hoof lesions in Minnesota dairy herds. They will then develop a model to share any knowledge gains achieved in their research with the industry.

Joanne Slavin.Joanne Slavin has worked at the since 1981.  Throughout her career she has focused on human nutrition, some of her most well-known research is on carbohydrates, especially whole wheat.

Patrick Redig and his team are working to develop and field-test a surveillance strategy for high-consequence viruses in wild bird populations. They hope such a system will allow the poultry industry and regulators to anticipate outbreaks and protect the agricultural industry in the future.

Sandra Godden and her team will conduct tests to explore if longer colostrum heat-treatment protocols will have a positive effect on preventing the transmission of MAP.

Montse Torremorell and her team are working to provide and develop new recommendations to help producers and veterinarians control influenza in swine herds.

Bo Hu and his team are working to remove sulfide from swine manure pits with electrochemical systems. With this project, they hope to install a pilot system to evaluate sulfide levels reductions and emissions when using such a system. 

Anup Johny is leading a team of interdisiplinary researchers to develop a combined antimicrobial strategy to control Salmonella Heidelberg in turkey hens.

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