Animal health

SwineCast 1041, The Squeal - On Creating A Biosecurity Culture

SwineCast 1041 Show Notes:
  • In this episode of The Squeal, a team of experts addresses a topic of greatest concern to the collective industry mind, biosecurity. Sharing hands on techniques and implementation ideas are Dr. Joel Nerem (Pipestone Veterinary Services), Dr. Andrea Pitkin (PIC Health Assurance Veterinary Team), and Dr. Jess Wadell (PIC Health Assurance Veterinary Team).
  • Biosecurity - It's something that just doesn't happen from 8:00 to 5:00, it has to be 24/7. It has to be on the weekends, it has to be on the holidays. It just has to be part of what people do every day, and it's often not convenient. The things that this episode talks about are going to prevent disease and are not convenient. That's why it has to be culture. It has to be just ingrained.

SwineCast 1040, ATM - Going In-Depth on African Swine Fever

SwineCast 1040 Show Notes:
  • In this episode of At The Meeting Honoring Dr. Bob Morrison, discussion continues on African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreaks in China and Europe.
  • Dr. Montserrat Torremorell, Dr. Tom Wetzell, and Dr. Gordon Spronk have an important conversation about the impact of ASF on the global swine industry, and what it could mean if it reaches the United States.
  • The cohosts sit down with Dr. José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid to discuss the history of the disease and the work he and his team have done to combat ASF, such as developing laboratory tests to aid in diagnosis and control.
  • "African swine fever is, in general, an underestimated disease that many people don’t understand," says Dr. Sánchez-Vizcaíno. "But one of the keys to fighting ASF is an early-detection system."

Molecular Diagnostics in Swine Disease and Health Discovery

Molecular Diagnostics: Present and FutureMolecular Diagnostics: Present and Future Dr. Declan Schroeder, University of Minnesota, presents thoughts on how molecular biology is applied to swine research. Dr. Schroeder provides a series of details on the approaches to sequencing and understanding the DNA and RNA of pigs [video].

SwineCast 1037, ATM - Porcine Circovirus 3 (PCV3)

SwineCast 1037 Show Notes:
  • In this episode of At the Meeting honoring Dr. Bob Morrison, we share a conversation on porcine circovirus 3, or PCV3.
  • Dr. Montse Torremorell joins Dr. Tom Wetzel and Dr. Gordon Spronk with special guest Dr. Darin Madson, Iowa State University, to talk about porcine circovirus 3 and how it is both similar to, and different from PCV2.
  • Dr. Madson and the show's cohosts discuss clinical signs associated with PCV3, including myocarditis, respiratory issues, and reproductive problems, as well as how current research is focused on better understanding the virus, its history, and whether any current PCV vaccines could offer some form of cross-protection.

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.

Caitlyn Mullins - Euthanasia Research and Resources


Euthanasia Research and Resources - Caitlyn Mullins, North Carolina State University, from the 2018 World Pork Expo, June 6 - 8, 2018, Des Moines, IA, USA.

SwineCast 1022, Dr. Tom Gillespie says leadership and technology are key to the future pig care

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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. Daniel Linhares - Economics of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae Elimination


Economics of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae Elimination - Dr. Daniel Linhares, from the 2017 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 16-19, 2017, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

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