2013 World Pork Expo

Featured Presentations

How Has Pork Fared As a Process?

Pork Industry Productivity AnalysisKeeping Productive Dr. Ken Stalder, Iowa State University, presents a productivity analysis of the pork industry using data from 2007 to 2012. Dr. Stalder identifies key types of swine production that are benchmarked from the data and highlights trends. This analysis is planned to be updated yearly with another year's worth of data and presented at key swine management meetings.

National Swine Reproduction Guide

Swine Reproductive Decision TreeReproductive Decision Tree Dr. Don Levis, Levis Worldwide Swine Consultancy, provides and update on the development of the National Swine Reproduction Guide. This web application guide, with the input from nearly 20 researchers at the major state agricultural universities, USDA-ARS and related businesses, will assist producers in finding solutions for reproduction issues on their farm. Dr. Levis highlights some of the guide's features and how it will operate.

How Can We Look At Disease Transmission Differently?

Infection Chain ConceptWhat is the Infection Chain Concept? Dr. Brian Payne, Swine Technical Manager, Boehringer Ingelheim, looks that the infection chain concept and updates people on the new information that has been assembled. Dr. Payne looks at the system level approach to understanding how disease progress and trying to identify the roots of the disease infection problems.

Incidence of Infection

Swine Production Infection ChainSwine Production Infection Chain Dr. David Baumert, Swine Practitioner, talks about the infection chain concept as it relates to Mycoplasma hyopneumonia (Mhp). The infection chain concept is the movement of infectious disease agents from breeding herds to the offspring production flows (with resulting production losses up to and including the market swine phase). Dr. Baumert closes with note that control of 'Infection Chain Disease' at the gilt source level can control significant economic loss throughout the production chain.