2015 World Pork Expo

Featured Presentations

What is Lawsonia And How Do I Find It?

New Lawsonia Quantitative PCR Test Finding Infected Pigs Dr. Jessica Seate introduces a new quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) test for the bacteria Lawsonia intracellularis, which can be used to test and identify the bacterial concentration levels of Lawsonia in a sample. Using this information can help swine barn management and staff identify sick pigs and at what level of sickness they are, so as to provide the proper treatment effectively.

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus – history, impacts, control

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) – history, impacts, controlHave You Reviewed PEDV With Your Team? Dr. Paul Thomas, AMVC, provides a review of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV), specifically PEDV characteristics, introduction and spread in the US, impacts of PEDV, and controlling PEDV. Dr. Thomas details several of the key actions operations should take to prevent the spread of PEDV, focusing on cleanliness, sanitation, and strong biosecurity protocols. Key take away: transportation cleanliness is one area that is a must for all operations.

What Affects Positive Consumer Eating Experiences?

Pork Quality - High Quality Pork Increases Positive Consumer Eating ExperiencesHow Do Consumers Perceive Eating? Dr. Dustin Boler, University of Illinois, shares how seasonality and consumer perceptions play a part in pork quality. Dr. Boler also highlights research on pork meat and points out correlations observed between ham wights and belly firmness.

Real Pig Farmers Making The Consumer Connection

Real Pig Farmers Our Barn Door is Open PanelReal 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.