PED Source is now live and ready to walk thru management options specific to your operation and how you wish to deal with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus. Boehringer Ingelheim's Dr. Greg Cline and Dr. John Waddell discuss PEDResource.com and why it will help you and your health professional manage PED.
Watch Out, Technology Ahead Dr. Lowell Catlett, Professor of Agriculture Economics and Agriculture Business at New Mexico State University, shares some insights on the business of agriculture and specifically the protein changes consumers demand. Dr. Catlett offers a witty, and often rhetorical look at society at large and what people in agriculture need to keep in mind when developing products or talking with non-farming consumers [video][audio].
Swine Health Programs Update Dr. Troy Bigelow, DVM, USDA, APHIS, VS, points out activities within the comprehensive integrated surveillance (CIS) activities, as it relates to swine diseases. Dr. Bigelow outlines research being conducted and data points being monitored. Dr. Bigelow closes with a review of the Swine Health Business Plan and how the program activities will be moving forward with partners like the National Pork Board.
Water: Not Going To Be Any Ms. Aubrey Bettencourt, Executive Director with California Water Alliance, passionately shares her views on the trends in the politicization of water in California and the rest of the US. Ms. Bettencourt says we [in agriculture] need to tell consumers and the public at large what we want them to know [about the water crisis]. "We have to speak to it with confidence and show that we know what we are doing".
Math Models Help Understand PEDv Dr. Shweta Bansal, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology at Georgetown University, provides an assessment of how mathematical modeling is used in understanding emerging swine diseases. Dr. Bansal digs into the data and assumptions used to produce a model to help answer questions about PEDv. Specifically, Dr. Bansal's team analyzed the role of movement in PEDv spread and provide an estimation of likely PEDv sources. Dr. Bansal closes with how these mathematical models can be used to highlight hot spot issues and allow organizations to better focus resources to solve disease spread issues.
Heat and Behavior Change Required Dr. Butch Baker, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, shares the results of research on trucks used to haul pigs and how their cleaning protocols impact the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Baker's key messages: Trucks need to be cleaned well and the people involved must be more rigorous. Also, truck washing facilities need to be prepared to support stricter protocols: the payoff is a reduction of herd infections.