The advent of PEDV in U.S. herds has some producers on their heels while others are using the calamity as an opportunity to 'up their game'. Dr. Dale Polson of Boehringer Ingelheim notes PED illuminated weakness in our surveillance systems and suggests a new world-view of data streams and potential health issues.
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.
ADT, Are We There Yet? Dr. Neil Hammerschmidt, USDA, presents information on animal disease traceability (ADT), its status, and what still needs to be worked on. Dr. Hammerschmidt shares that ADT is not a full traceability system. The rest of his presentation details the ADT system, what it does, and who is involved.
How Pork Producers Stay Sustainable Jamie Burr, Tyson Fresh Meats, shares ideas on what it means to help consumers understand pork, raising pigs, and maintaining business viability over time. Mr. Burr offers that information on what sustainability means for pork producers and how to help people learn more.