The 2016 World Pork Expo, June 8 - 10, 2016, Des Moines, IA, USA, focused on many conversations about how the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) will impact many organizations in the swine ecosystem with Richard Sellers - Changes on Antibiotic Usage - Background, Now, And January 1 [link], and Dr. Sam Holst - Changes on Antibiotic Usage - Preparing for Changes to Antibiotic Use [link]. The main message was "you should be starting now to be ready by January 1, 2017". Additional presentations shared the environmental and economics of swine, how Checkoff funds have been allocated to promote pork into the summer and fall, and "What does happen during a Common Swine Industry Audit?" [link].
Electric and Thermal Energy Strategies for Minnesota Swine Farms Michael Reese, University of Minnesota, details usable research info that will help swine farms evaluate what electric and thermal energy strategies are viable. Several key take home messages: 1) Energy efficiency upgrades can have a short-term return-on-investment, 2) Reputable contractors are available to remove complexities, and 3) There still exist state, federal, and utility grants and incentives [video].
Modeling the Survival of Foreign Animal Diseases in Feed Ingredients From China to the US Dr. Scott Dee at Pipestone Veterinary Services is tracking feed components as possible disease vectors. He shares some thoughts on this with, highlighting several of the experiments run to prove viruses can survive container shipping from over seas. Dr. Dee suggests that all the touch points along the feed ecosystem pathway need attention so producers and feed mill operators can evaluate and respond to the risks [video].
Common Swine Industry Audit Emily Erickson, New Fashion Pork, and Brian Zimmerman, Zimmerman Hog Farms, provide a large and small operation point of view on having one or more Common Swine Industry Audits at their farms. Ms. Erickson shared her experiences of multiple audits and how each one has helped improve their operations and refine their approaches. Mr. Zimmerman said you can never be 100% and that each audit is an opportunity to learn and improve. Via the Q & A time Ms. Erickson and Mr. Zimmerman help explain their approaches and dealing with audits [video].