Controlling PRRS Goes Beyond the Bottle

Effective PRRS management requires a systematic approach utilizing complementary components of PRRS control along with vaccine. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) goes beyond the bottle by providing technical support, education, training, diagnostic services, science-based strategies and more.

  • What is PRRSv?

    Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome commonly called “PRRS” is a RNA virus that attacks the reproductive and respiratory track in swine. PRRS virus (PRRSv) is pandemic and once it enters a herd, it tends to remain present and active unless strict control protocols for biosecurity and vaccination are established.

  • How could PRRS affect my herd?

    Economic losses of PRRSV have been estimated at $664 million in the U.S. Losses occurring in the grow-finishing period alone total $361.85 million, representing a profit loss of $4.32/pig1,2 (cost included performance losses and cost of medication). Pigs infected with PRRSV have significantly worse ADG and higher mortalities compared to pigs remaining PRRSV negative through market.2 The majority of the economic losses are due to decreased revenue from marketing fewer pounds of pork.

  • How do I diagnose PRRS?

    PRRS can be mistaken for other respiratory diseases thus it is important that you contact your local Veterinarian about using diagnostics to identify PRRSv in your herd.

From prevention to management tips and resources, if the PRRS information you’re looking for exists, you can be sure to find it here.

2015 North American PRRS Symposium

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) is proud to sponsor the annual forum regarding field applicable PRRS research and ARC coordinated approach.

Dr. Jeff Zimmerman and “the Rope Test”

Video: Collecting oral fluids by placing a rope or ropes in a pen provides a quick and easy way to monitor the presence of PRSS in a barn.

20 Years of Innovation

Over the past 20 years, BIVI has been a leader in funding both collaborative and original research in the area of PRRS. Significant advancements have been made in the areas of biosecurity, disease transmission, immune management, and disease monitoring.

We provide tools and protocols to help you with PRRS control both in your breeding herd and growing pig populations.

5 Step Process

The 5 Step Process was developed to help veterinarians and producers determine the appropriate placement of Ingelvac PRRS® vaccines in swine herds.

  • Step 1: Identify Desired Goals
  • Step 2: Determine Current Status
  • Step 3: Understand Current Constraints
  • Step 4: Develop Solution Options
  • Step 5: Implement and Monitor the Preferred Solution

Since 2003, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. has led swine industry in collaborative & applied research. Through its annual Advancement in PRRS in PRRS Research Award program, the company has given more than $900,000 to fund 37 innovative field research projects by leading swine researchers, academia and veterinarians.

BIVI's PRRS Research Award helped bring the "rope test" to the farm

Important research like oral fluid testing makes it possible for the industry to learn more about diseases and how they're transmitted. Along with funding from the National Pork Board, the PRRS Research Awards played a vital role in the development of this research.

The Portfolio Solutions Team (PST) is a group of highly trained experts in the field of disease epidemiology. Because collaboration is key to success, our teams work with stakeholders to develop and implement strategies such as Area Regional Disease Control (ARC) to help manage disease on a large scale basis.

The Morrison Group along with Dr. Mike Murtaugh (University of Minnesota), Dr. Sara Hough (Prestage Farms) and Dr. Josh Duff (Maxwell Food) discuss PRRS 1-7-4 breaks, clinical impact of the virus, and control strategies.

Area Regional Control and Elimination (ARC&E) is a cooperative and coordinated disease control effort among producers and veterinarians to achieve a greater and sustained improvement on health and productivity in their neighborhood than each participant could achieve on their own.

Continous monitoring of herds is important with PRRS due to the potential spread of PRRSv within a system/area.

The BIVI Swine Health Management Center (HMC) is one of the leading swine-specific diagnostic laboratories in North America and can provide PRRS diagnostic support.

In addition to our products, BIVI provides customers with a number of training programs designed to help more effectively control and manage PRRSv and improve profitability of operations.

Latest webinars:

1. Holtkamp, D. 2012. PRRS virus control or elimination-How to assess which is right for individual breeding herds. 53rd Annual George A. Young Swine Health and Management Conference. p5-15.

2. Holtkcamp, D., et al., 2013. Assessment of the economic impact of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus on United States pork producers.