Animal disease

SwineCast 1036, The Squeal - On Managing Ventilation For Maximum Performance

SwineCast 1036 Show Notes:
  • This episode by PIC shares important management best practices on managing ventilation for maximum performance. We’ve assembled for this timely topic Lance Barton (Belstra Milling Director of Wean to Finish and Genetic Services), Fernando Gomez (PIC Wean to Finish Specialist), and Nat Stas (PIC Wean to Finish Tech Service Team member).
  • Key take aways: 1) Periodic ventilation monitoring and maintenance is a must, 2) Train people on the specific equipment, troubleshooting skills, and the role ventilation plays in managing animal health, and 3) Develop a mindset that ventilation is not just airflow or temperature or equipment, but a combination of all these factors.

SwineCast 1035, ATM - African Swine Fever, Part 2 of 2

SwineCast 1035 Show Notes:
  • In this second of a two part episode of At The Meeting Honoring Dr. Bob Morrison, we continue our conversation on African Swine Fever or ASF.
  • Dr. Montse Torremorell joins Dr. Tom Wetzel and Dr. Gordon Spronk with special guest Brad Heron, Director of Operations of Cherkizovo (pronounced "Chair-Kee-Zi-Vo") in Russia. Brad offers a personal, boots on the ground perspective on ASF.
  • Brad shares several stories of how ASF was discovered and handled on the Russian farms he helps run. The early disease indicators were confusing due to other animal diseases also running its course so ASF was not discovered as early as they had thought they would.
  • Brad highlights what happened to the operations when ASF was discovered, actions they had to take, and the Russian regulations they had to work with requiring depopulations within a five mile radius.
  • Brad also summarizes the biosecurity changes they made to defend against ASF, including transportation tracking, multiple testing points through out the operations, and physical farm and people security improvements.
  • The number one key take away from Brad: Have good testing; if you don't test, you don't have the ability discover outbreaks.

SwineCast 1034, ATM - African Swine Fever, Part 1 of 2

SwineCast 1034 Show Notes:
  • In this first of a two part episode of At The Meeting Honoring Dr. Bob Morrison, we share a conversation on African Swine Fever or ASF.
  • Dr. Montse Torremorell joins Dr. Tom Wetzel and Dr. Gordon Spronk with special guest Dr. Liz Wagstrom, Chief Veterinarian for the National Pork Producers Council, to talk about ASF and how it is the most feared disease in pigs in the world.
  • Take away: 1) Having ASF in the United States would impact trade 2) ASF is a hardy virus (hard to eradicate and lives in extreme conditions), and 3) there is no vaccine.
  • The U.S. pork industry is taking action now by making sure laboratory capacity is up to date, looking at identifying and categorizing higher risk transmission paths plus their mitigation plans, and improving the approach to surveillance and risk planning and implementation.

SwineCast 1033, ATM - PRRS Summer Breaks

SwineCast 1033 Show Notes:
  • In this episode of At the Meeting honoring Dr. Bob Morrison, we share a conversation on Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) breaks in the summer. Dr. Montse Torremorell joins Dr. Gordon Spronk and Dr. Tom Wetzel with special guests Dr. Cesar Corzo and Dr. Juan Sanhueza.
  • The group talks about the Morrison Swine Health Monitoring Program and what data they have been collecting and analyzing. One of the questions they are now able to address is if there are more new PRRS breaks this summer compared to other summers. One of the observations is that incidence of summer breaks is about 3% of farms, which is about 250,000 sows.
  • Take away: 1) The industry should be looking at breaks all year long (not just in the fall / winter months) and 2) operations should continue practice disease prevention and spreading with regular biosecurity processes.

SwineCast 1015, Being Prepared For Foreign Animal Diseases With Planning and Training

SwineCast 1015 Show Notes:
  • During the recent National Institute for Animal Agriculture annual meeting in Denver, Dr. Patrick Webb of the National Pork Board, outlined what a pork producer can do to be prepared in the event of a foreign animal disease outbreak. Key things to do:

What Should You Know About Foreign Animal Disease Prep?

 What Should You Know?Foreign Animal Disease Prep: What Should You Know? Dr. Judith LaBounty, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Dr. Jim Roth, Iowa State University, review foreign animal diseases as it effects the business of pork, most notably Foot and Mouth Disease. Dr. Roth reviews the Secure Pork Supply plan and how it works, using several scenario examples to help understand what farm operations would do. Dr. LaBounty outlines the plans and steps the State of Iowa has in place to be ready to a foreign animal disease. [video].

Dr. Judith LaBounty; Dr. Jim Roth - Foreign Animal Disease Prep: What Should You Know?


Foreign Animal Disease Prep: What Should You Know? - Dr. Judith LaBounty, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship; Dr. Jim Roth, Iowa State University, from the 2018 Iowa Pork Congress, January 24 - 25, 2018, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Amy Kinsley - Managing Complexity: Simplifying Assumptions of Foot-and-Mouth Disease Models for Swine


Managing Complexity: Simplifying Assumptions of FMD Models for Swine - Dr. Amy Kinsley, from the 2017 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 16-19, 2017, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Dr. Karine Takeuti - Detection of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae in Replacement Gilts Based on Source and Flow


Detection of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae in Replacement Gilts Based on Source and Flow - Dr. Karine Takeuti, from the 2017 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 16-19, 2017, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

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