Dr. Adam Moeser's work at North Carolina State focuses on gut health and the stresses which can cause this important animal health shield to be compromised. As he discusses his presentation at Boehringer Ingelheim's North Carolina Swine Health Seminar, an early-age stressor can have far reaching results.
What is the future of food when politics gets involved? It used to be true that what happened on the farm stayed on the farm. Now, people running farms must be out their sharing what happens and stay connected with consumers. Dr. Jayson Lusk, Professor of Agriculture Economics at Oklahoma State University, suggests getting in the game to tell how farms run, explain the trade offs of being an agriculture business, and give consumers control [video][pdf].
Approaches to plant genetics applied to livestock? Dr. Jon Lightner highlights what has occurred in plant genetics over the last 20 years and what values / strategy changes have occurred. Dr. Lightner is working with PIC to help bring to the pork genetics similar approaches to increase growth and value to the whole ecosystem [video][PDF].
Disease Severity And Impacts Dr. Matthew Turner, Prestage Farms, and the 2014 AASV Swine Practitioner Of The Year, shares information on how Porcine Respiratory Disease Complex (PRDC) affects swine production operations. His take away: Each animal disease outbreak offers lessons to learn and apply to operation and management practices, so as to be ready for the next one.
Feeding the World - Wide Boundary Perspective Dr. Nate Hagens, University of Minnesota, believes how people view these three lenses ( Energy, Environment, and Human Behavior) are going to shape the world in the years leading up to when the population grows to 9 billion people. Take away: 1) Money is a marker for energy and natural resources. In the long run energy is what we have to budget and spend! 2) We need technology… But not new gadgets.
Working on Our Animal Disease Preparedness Dr. Paul Sundberg, Vice President, National Pork Board, outlines several of the lessons learned from the outbreak of PEDv. Pathway of introduction is difficult – at best; Corollary - Be prepared for the next one to come because it is coming; Better state-federal-industry response coordination is essential; and We can’t expect USDA alone to respond quickly and efficiently to the “next PED” in time to stop it. Corollary - Industry needs to be responsible for managing production diseases.