The National Institute for Animal Agriculture seeks to create and atmosphere for conversation and understanding at their annual Antibiotics Symposium. This year is no exception as described by Symposium Moderator Dr. Steve Solomon – Consultant, Global Public Health Consultin.
2015 Summer Swine Health Seminar focused on antibiotics and the new directions via the Veterinary Feed Directive. Also timely is the presentation by Dr. Robert Desrosiers on Emerging Diseases:The Past and Future.
Cost Of Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae Dr. Mark Schwartz presents research behind the cost of mycoplasma hyopneumoniae in growing pigs, using closeout data over about thee and a half years. His presentation focuses on the value of farm operations being "mycoplasma negative". One data point shared: There was an approximately $2.50 increased cost of production on mycoplasma hyopneumoniae positive pig flows over negative pig flows in the grow-finish phase [video].
Tremors, Down Pigs And Muscle Necrosis Dr. Matt Sturos, University of Minnesota-Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, shares information on ionophore diagnostics, how to collect samples, collect additional data, etc. Dr. Sturos provides additional information on the actions farm operations and management can take to diagnose their animals and adjust their processes [video].
Really Ready? Dr. Lisa Becton, National Pork Board, reviews US Foreign Animal Disease preparedness. Dr. Becton focuses on the big issue diseases, like Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Swine Vesicular Disease (SVD), and Seneca Valley Virus (because it looks like FMD). Take away: With increasing global commerce and travel, protection of the industry is more important than ever plus continue to work on “tying all the information together” for rapid decision-making and response [video].
An Industry Driven Solution to Implement ADT Dr. Patrick Webb, Director of Swine Health Programs at National Pork Board, provides insight in to how the Swine ID Plan works with the Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule. One of the key drivers is the value of pork exports and the need to have a robust swine ID system so as not to lose on exports. Dr. Webb shares a case study of a swine ID program and what they discovered about processes in place to help make decisions when a foreign animal disease occurs.