In this At The Meeting Case Series, the Morrison Group along with Dr. Mike Murtaugh (University of Minnesota) discuss the sequence information available on the recent PRRS 1-7-4 strain. The group is also joined by Dr. Sara Hough (Prestage Farms) and Dr. Josh Duff (Maxwell Food) to discuss PRRS 1-7-4 breaks, clinical impact of the virus and control strategies.
Antibiotics, Trade, and Pork Quality The 2015 World Pork Expo (June 3 - 5, 2015, Des Moines, IA, USA) offered other interests beyond the past several years of PEDv: International Trade and Pork Quality sessions offered inside on how consumer are driving business. Also on the conversation channels: Antibiotics and new changes shared by the U.S. FDA.
The U.S. FDA released new information on the use of antibiotics and agriculture. Dr. Jennifer Koeman, National Pork Board, and Dr. Harry Snelson, American Association Swine Veterinarians, break down the new changes and their implications. Dr. Koeman and Dr. Snelson also provide producers guidance points on what to do to prepare farms and staff [video].
Dr. Chris Hostetler, National Pork Board, points out the definition of Sow Lifetime Productivity and provides data that challenges some of the traditional views of improving Sow Lifetime Productivity. Dr. Hostetler offers research that can help improve productivity. Key take away: Improvement in sow lifetime productivity will substantially impact profitability of all phases of production [video].
Pre-AASV Seminar Series The 2015 Boehringer Ingelheim Pre-AASV Conference, February 27, 2015 - Orlando, FL, shared updates on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), animal welfare, and a comparison of EU and North American regulations. These presentations sought to bring swine veterinarians together for conversations and shared learning on the current state of pork business and its future.
Dr. Jim Lowe, Lowe Consulting Limited, shares an approach to veterinarian education from "cradle to grave". Dr. Lowe suggests we [swine ecosystem] are not training to deliver what is needed, but there is a better way forward at hand. Dr. Lowe is proposing that the future of veterinary care is building a path of life long learning to have facts that build "to understanding to application to creation, over a lifetime of a career." Building the culture of life long learning is key [video].
Dr. Joe Connor, Carthage Veterinary Service, digs deep into the issues and challenges of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Connor tries to address the questions of what the swine world did correct, what went wrong, and what should be done in the future. Dr. Connor closes with several cautionary statements that swine people need to know. [video].
Staying Proactive in a Down Market Dr. Aaron J. Lower, Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd., talks about how to keep producers from jumping off the edge when markets and economics go up and down. Being consistent in production is hard and Dr. Lower suggests that veterinarians help provide perspective on approaches to maintain consistency. Dr. Lower shares key cost relationships and what focus areas farm operations should concentrate on: feed cost, wean pig cost, and facility cost.
Swine Herd Health in Good Times and Bad Dr. Daryl Olsen, AMVC, LLC, shares how veterinarians can help pork farm operations with knowledge laced with experience. Dr. Olsen says pork production, for the most part, is a commodity business that has cycles that is now a highly international market. Dr. Olsen points out that input costs will fluctuate and operations people must plan for these changes. Dr. Olsen closes with key points focus on and to help farmers become better prepared for changes that will occur.
Real Pig Farmers Open Doors National Pork Board officer Brad Greenway with pig farmers Erin Brenneman, Thomas Titus, and Chris Soules (ABC’s The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars), share their insight on how to reach out and connect with people who don't live, work, or connect with farms. A key conversation point each panelist aims to share is how to be transparent and listen to consumers.
More To Sow Lifetime Productivity? Dr. Chris Hostetler, National Pork Board, points out the definition of Sow Lifetime Productivity and provides data that challenges some of the traditional views of improving Sow Lifetime Productivity. Dr. Hostetler offers research that can help improve productivity. Key take away: Improvement in sow lifetime productivity will substantially impact profitability of all phases of production.