2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA., highlighted that the world’s population is projected to reach more than 9 billion by 2050. This presents a challenge of feeding a growing global population, with U.S. animal agriculture expected to play a significant role in meeting this challenge.
2013 Boehringer Ingelheim AASV Pre-Conference Seminar: Vertical Transmission The 2013 Boehringer Ingelheim Vertical Transmission AASV BI Pre-Conference Seminar, March 1, 2013, San Diego, CA, USA, brought together swine veterinarians from around the US to talk about… sick pigs. The Boehringer Ingelheim pre-AASV symposium provided in-depth perspective on vertical transmission of disease in addition to timeline considerations, like "If the pig coughs today, when should treatment have started?"
2013 Missouri Pork Expo, February 13 - 14, 2013, Columbia, MO, USA, had a good turnout. Producers were especially interested in managing risks and mitigating the unexpected on-farm disaster. Do you know who to call when: 1) manure ends up in a ditch [video], 2) you lose power for six hours and the deads outnumber the lives [video], 3) neighbors are in a litigating mood [video]. And more importantly, do your people in the barns know?
2013 Iowa Pork Congress January 23-24, Des Moines, IA, USA, provided an in depth look into the regulatory landscape encompassing FDA oversight of animal antibiotics (Dr. Jim McKean), plus offered updates on policies at the federal level (Dallas Hockman). Additionally, there was a special panel on Sow Housing Options that shares an overview of where the industry is today, in both research and production arenas.