New Roadmap Aims to Eradicate Swine Respiratory Disease

Jun 06, 2024

Boehringer Ingelheim-UMN Launch Comprehensive Eradication Guide


Boehringer Ingelheim and the University of Minnesota have launched the Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae Eradication Roadmap.  

This initiative builds on over a decade of research and aims to provide veterinarians and swine producers with a comprehensive guide to combat this prevalent respiratory disease. 

Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, a key pathogen in swine respiratory disease, has challenged the industry for years. Addressing the need for an integrated approach to disease management, this roadmap combines insights from the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine and Boehringer Ingelheim's extensive research.  

Dr. Maria Pieters, a leading expert from the university, highlights the collaboration's decade-long efforts that have culminated in this vital resource. 

The roadmap is designed to be user-friendly and covers various aspects of disease eradication—from initial diagnostic steps to final confirmations of herd clearance.   

It lays out detailed strategies, including refined exposure methods and cost considerations, essential for planning and implementing effective disease control measures. 

Veterinarians and producers will find the roadmap invaluable for its clarity in outlining the necessary steps for a successful eradication program.  

It simplifies the complex process of disease management by consolidating previously scattered information into a single, accessible format.  

This initiative represents a milestone in industry collaboration, with contributions from over 25 experts, including practicing veterinarians, academics, and industry leaders. 

Amanda Sponheim, DVM from Boehringer Ingelheim, emphasizes the roadmap's unique genesis from true industry collaboration, making it a pioneering resource in the field.  

By providing a clear guide, the roadmap aims to reduce the prevalence of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae in swine populations, ultimately leading to healthier herds and a more robust agricultural economy. 

This development not only signifies a leap forward in swine health management but also demonstrates the power of collaborative efforts in tackling significant challenges in the agricultural sector.  

As the industry continues to evolve, such resources will be crucial in ensuring the health and productivity of livestock worldwide. 

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