ILHAC Research Priorities: 2018

A cooperative effort between Iowa's livestock industry, the State of Iowa and the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine, the Council advisory board identifies high impact animal disease research projects.  Researchers actively pursue innovative solutions in animal health, food safety, and security that proactively address disease concerns threatening Iowa's livestock industry.

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SWINE:

  1. Animal Well-being (analgesics for castration, sow housing, pain relief)
  2. Antimicrobial Resistance (monitoring antibiotic use, looking for information/data to   counteract misinformation, prevention control treatment, proof that drugs (antibiotics) are used properly, variability of normal dose)
  3. PEDv
  4. PRRS
  5. Swine Influenza (new vaccine technologies-intranasal product)
  6. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  7. Clostridium difficile    
  8. Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae
  9. Seneca Valley Virus

DAIRY CATTLE:

  1. Animal Well-being Issues
    1. Mastitis
    2. Lameness
    3. Respiratory Disease
    4. Discover or develop an FDA approved analgesic for food-producing animals
  2. Johne’s Disease
  3. Mycoplasma bovis
  4. Antimicrobial Resistance (monitoring antibiotic use, looking for information/data to counteract misinformation, prevention control treatment, proof that drugs (antibiotics) are used properly, variability of normal dose)

BEEF CATTLE:

  1. Anaplasmosis
  2. Digital Dermatitis (hairy heel wart)
  3. Trichomiasis (surveillance, identification/verification-cost effective manner)
  4. Animal well-being issues
  5. Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD)/Mycoplasma bovis

POULTRY: 

All Poultry

  1. Avian Influenza infections – Low Path Avian Influenza (LPAI) and High Path Avian Influenza (HPAI) epidemiology, prevention and control.
  2. Antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic substitutes in poultry production
  3. Animal well-being

Turkeys

  1. Colibacillosis or fowl cholera
  2. Clostridium - Dermatitis or cellulitis.
  3. ORT (Ornithobacterium rhinotracheale)
  4. Coccidiosis
  5. Turkey Reovirus Digital Flexor Tendon Rupture (TR-DFTR)

Layers and Broilers

  1. E. coli Peritonitis (#1 disease raised by veterinarians in egg production)
  2. Internal Parasites – including Coccidiosis and round worms.  It is believed these challenges will only become greater with the increased prevalence of Cage-free production.  At the present time, there are no treatments available.
  3. Clostridial infection:  necrotic enteritis and Focal Duodenal Necrosis (FDN)
  4. Food Safety - Salmonella spp. (SE and SH)

SHEEP AND GOATS: 

  1. Improved treatment for parasite diseases, and genetic research and EBV’s for parasite resistance in sheep.
  2. Barn Cough (Pneumonia, Mycoplasma – isolate vaccine, differences between two)
  3. Abortions - Cache Valley (and partial abortions), “Pregnancy Wastage” (neonatal death, failure to dilate)
  4. Genetic Tibular Dysplasia in Polypay Sheep

IVMA CONCERNS:  Represents all species

  1. Animal Well-being
    1. Pain Control
    2. Lameness
  2. Seneca Valley Virus
  3. Trichomiasis
  4. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aurerus (MRSA)
  5. Johne’s Disease
  6. Anthelmintic resistance