Manitoba Pork is reaching out to other businesses for support in the face of uncertain regulation and plummeting provincial pork production. Bruce Cochrane talks with Karl Kynoch about the regulatory climate's impact and steps toward resolution.
Bullets and Pigs Christien Meindertsma, author of "Pig 05049", follows the many parts of a pig to see how they are used. Of the 185 products she discovered, she shares several surprising examples. Her goal? To create an awareness of the products so that we, society, can "take better care of what's behind our products". She says the first step is to know that they [the products] are there [video].
Managing Pigs & People is Hard! Through the Pork Checkoff, research and tools are developed to help understand / manage disease issues like PEDV, provide tools to measure and monitor sustainability programs, help management and staff communicate with consumers, and integrate economics into daily decision making activities.
What Is Theirs May Become What Is Ours Dr. Dick Hesse, K-State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, looks at the recent emergence of swine coronaviruses, from a virologist’s perspective. Dr. Hesse looks at several coronaviruses from across the world and what they are characteristically doing. Dr. Hesse says "What is theirs will be ours", taking aim at the fact that viruses are global and do not know about political boarders. Surveillance needs to be developed and include pathway analysis.
Spatial Approach To Understanding PEDv Dr. Andres Perez, University of Minnesota, Associate Professor, aims to use mapping (spatial and temporal) to help better understand porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and how it might spread. Dr. Perez shows there were areas and times at highest risk for disease and that disease spread on specific directions.
Connection Pigs To Consumers Jon Hoek, Belstra Milling Company, tells the story of Belstra Milling and how it is deeply involved in helping consumers learn more about pork production. Through the story of the Pig Adventure at Fair Oaks, Mr. Hoek explains the background and approach to gaining consumer understanding.