Prevention and treatment of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) is stills a major challenge in the management of farms.
In PigCHAMP we are convinced that the training, the awareness and the involvement of farms staff is the key that gives the proper control of the disease in the long term.
This principle inspired the development of our PRRSons project, whose objective is to measure the impact of farm staff movements in diseases’ dissemination, in particular PRRS and set up this tool for veterinarians.
Within the workshop organized by Boehringer Ingelheim ‘PRRSpective‘, and in the framework of the III European PRRS Research Award, held in Prague on 28 September, we were presenting the preliminary results of the project, which had already been awarded in 2015.
The results of the work carried out during 2016, indicate that the movement patterns on farms with the highest prevalence of the disease are worse, particularly among high-risk areas (nursery, growers and finishers) and its detection and correction can deliver results even early, having reduced even +PCR in certain areas of the farm in just two months.
These preliminary results show the value of the tool to objectively study staff movements on farms and their relationship with productive and health outcomes.