Type: Book

Optimising pig herd health and production


Dr Dominiek Maes is Professor or Porcine Health Management in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Ghent University, Belgium. Dr Joaquim Segalés is Professor in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Director of the Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He is a current Editor-in-Chief of Porcine Health Management. Professor Segalés is also a former President of the ECPHM. He has written over 250 articles and has an international reputation for his research on viral diseases of pigs.



Publication date:

25 October 2022

Length of book:

400 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786768834

Hardback - £150.00
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Whilst it can mean enhanced biosecurity, intensive and globalised pig production (based on a narrowing genetic base) also potentially increases the risk of disease and its spread. It has been estimated that diseases can lower pig production efficiency by 10-15%, though financial losses can be much greater.

Optimising pig herd health and production highlights the need to develop more preventative measures that can be implemented to tackle the increasing threat of disease. The book addresses recent developments in disease prevention, focussing on how farmers and producers can utilise feed management and housing to optimise pig health, as well as the role of vaccine development in preventing the onset of endemic and emerging diseases in pigs.

Through highlighting the importance of understanding and identifying disease, the book showcases how our understanding of the mechanisms of transmission for some of the key porcine viral and bacterial diseases can be applied to optimise pig herd health and production.

Key features

  • Summarises the wealth of research on optimising pig herd health for increased protection against major diseases, including ASF and PRRS
  • Reviews recent advances in understanding gut function and immunity in pigs, including the development of nutritional strategies to boost immune function and resistance to disease 
  • Explores key challenges facing pig production, including breeding disease resistant pigs with a narrowing genetic base and the development of fungicide resistance

What others are saying...

“The focus and inter-relatedness of the topics, the strategic selection of authors and the global understanding of the editors of this textbook together promises to deliver a collection of transformational, forward looking perspectives on current and future innovations and best practices for the most progressive pork producers and the veterinary practitioners, nutritionists, engineers, academicians and others that serve throughout the pork production chain.”
Patrick G. Halbur, Professor and Chair, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine Executive Director, ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, USA

"The content of this book is both extensive and impressive. The editors and contributors are world class and will certainly produce a book that will serve the swine industry for many years to come. The emphasis on health rather than disease in this book is important...I am confident that the information in this book will assist in avoiding this problem and I look forward to reading it."
Associate Professor Roy Kirkwood, Swine Production Medicine, University of Adelaide, Australia

"Current information. Knowledge with excellent science. Practical and hands-on tips. Distinguished, world-renowned experts as authors. This book has of all these. I believe it will be milestone for the swine industry going forward."

Professor Satoshi Otake, DVM PhD, Swine Extension & Consulting, Inc., Japan

Table of contents

Part 1 Understanding and identifying disease
1.Advances in understanding mechanisms of porcine viral disease transmission/epidemiology: Joaquim Segales, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain;
2.Advances in understanding mechanisms of porcine bacterial disease transmission/epidemiology: Dominiek Maes, Ghent University, Belgium;
3.Improving disease surveillance/monitoring systems in pig herds: Alex Ramirez, Iowa State University, USA;
4.Advanced techniques to monitor pig health and identify disease: Jeffrey J. Zimmerman, Iowa State University, USA;

Part 2 Understanding immunity and disease resistance
5.Advances in understanding the development of immune function in pigs: Lorenzo Fraile, University of Lleida, Spain;
6.Advances in understanding gut function and immunity in pigs: Bert Devriendt, Ghent University, Belgium;
7.Nutritional strategies to boost immune function in pigs: Glen Almond, North Carolina State University, USA;
8.Understanding mechanisms of resistance to respiratory disease in pigs: Bob Rowland, Kansas State University, USA;

Part 3 Disease prevention
9.On-farm strategies for preventing pig diseases: improving biosecurity: Jeroen Dewulf, Ghent University, Belgium;
10.Managing feed to optimise pig health: Sam Millet, Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (IVLO), Belgium;
11.Managing housing and stocking density to prevent disease in pig herds: Isabel Hennig-Pauka, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany;
12.Advances in the development and use of vaccines for prevention of endemic diseases in pigs: Enric Mateu, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain;
13.Advances in developing vaccines for emerging diseases in pigs: Francisco Javier Martinez Lobo, University of Lleida, Spain;

Part 4 Optimising health through the life cycle
14.Optimising the health of gilts and pregnant sows: Olli Peltoniemi, University of Helsinki, Finland;
15.Optimising the health of weaned piglets: Andrea Luppi, IZSLER, Italy;
16.Optimising the health of finisher pigs: Edgar Garcia Manzanilla, Teagasc, Ireland;